Listed below are a few resources to help you along in your career exploration, decision-making and planning journey. You may also schedule an appointment with a career counselor in Career Development, who can help you to more fully assess your values, skills, and talents, introduce you to different careers, and help address questions that arise along the way.
Stop in or give us a call to set up a time to meet one-on-one with one of our counselors. We would be thrilled to talk with you about making career choices.
Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) is a great career assessment tool for individuals seeking guidance and direction on major and/or career exploration, decision making and planning. It is free to Beloit College students and alumni. The assessment allows you to reflect on your interests and skills, and learn about possible career, educational and leisure option compatibilities based on your personal characteristics. The SII includes online questionnaires regarding your interests and skills, which take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. They can be completed from any computer with Internet access. The SII assessment requires at least one follow up session with a staff member in the Liberal Arts and Practice Center. In the follow up session you will receive a copy of your SII results, go through a comprehensive interpretation of those results, and discuss needs, options and the next steps in your career planning process.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is a personality assessment that offers insight into an individual's personality attributes and strengths and weaknesses inherent to them. The MBTI may provide information useful for exploring career areas and industries that fit your personality type. The online questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and requires a follow up session with a staff member in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center to provide you with a copy of your MBTI results and provide a full interpretation of those results.
To take the online assessment, contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center for login information.
Students who participate in job shadowing are able to receive a firsthand look at the workplace in a career of their choice, make valuable networking contacts and have the opportunity to see how classroom learning can be applied to real world situations.
Last year, some Beloit College students went on a job shadowing trip to Washington, D.C. See what they experienced.
Internships are an invaluable way to gain work experience and explore job and career options. Our internship section has helpful information on searching for and funding internship opportunities while at Beloit.
Career Development Library
We have a variety of books, many designed specifically to help you research various careers, industries, and options in your major field of study. From describing a typical day on the job to outlook and salary data, these books can be very helpful.
The Internet contains some outstanding resources for researching specific careers including industry profiles, job descriptions, outlook, salary, career options with specific majors, and much more. We recommend the following sites.
Departmental Websites at Beloit College
Before you leap off campus, be sure to check out your major/minor departmental website for great resources.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The OOH is the federal government's outstanding on-line database on career guidance including descriptions for just about every career you can think of, employment outlook, salary and more.
Another government site similar to the OOH but with descriptions of hundreds of more jobs (sacrifices depth for breadth). This is the on-line version of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), a career standard.
Contains both research and self-assessment information. When arriving at their homepage, click on Explore Careers.
A collection of responses to interview questions from professionals in various careers that offer insight into the careers, as well as strategies for preparing for and entering the careers.
The Princeton Review
This site includes information on careers, what you can do with various majors, and lists for each major.
Wall Street Journal's JobStar Central
Lots of great information categorized by major and industry.
Contains good information on choosing a major in terms of what you can expect for coursework, career directions etc.
What Color is Your Parachute
Richard Nelson Bolles, the author of this annually updated best selling book on career choice and job search, offers on-line assistance for those in the self-assessment and career research phases of planning.