Listed below are a few resources to help you along in your career exploration. You may also schedule an appointment with a staff member in Career Development, who can help you to more fully assess your values, skills, and interests, introduce you to different careers, and help address questions that may arise along the way.
Meet one-on-one with a professional staff member. We would be happy to talk with you about making career choices and planning your academic trajectory to best prepare you for your career.
The first step in career exploration is to understand the elements that compose your career identity. Typically, these areas are: knowledge, skills, interests, strengths, personality orientations, and values. Often, you can identify these areas on your own, through conversation with peers, professors, family, and supervisors. However, there are times when it's helpful to take an assessment, to get external information that you can review for potential insight. In the Liberal Arts in Practice Center, we use assessments that help you to learn more about your interests, strengths, personality orientations, and values. For all of our assessments, we require pre-assessment and post-assessment appointments.
In order to assess your interests, we offer an online assessment that is based on the RIASEC model, developed by Holland. In the RIASEC model, interests are categorized as Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C) The assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete and offers an understanding of how your interests align with the six categories and what potential occupations might fit those interests. The assessment is connected to an online database that gives you information on the requirements, hiring outlooks, and details of the occupations it suggests.
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.
In order to understand your work values, we offer a values prioritization activity called the Work Values Card Sort. In this activity, you are guided to identify your top work values and prioritize them. Understanding your work values can help you to determine the types of work environments, outcomes, and benefits that work best for you. This will help you to refine your job searches and evaluate potential employers.
To take an online or in-person assessment, contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center for login information.
Beloit Career Network
The Beloit Career Network (BCN) is an opportunity for current Beloit College students and Beloit College alumni and other supporters of the college to connect and engage with each other through their shared academic and professional pursuits.
The Beloit Career Network is supported by the shared work of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center and Alumni-Parent Relations. The mentoring connections are facilitated by the web-based Liberal Arts in Practice Toolbox. Mentors join the network and indicate the number, frequency, and type of potential connections. Then, students and other alumni in need of mentoring search the current network through the Liberal Arts in Practice Toolbox and invite connections through email.
This is an excellent way to build your network and learn from our alumni. If you would like to take part in the BCN, please schedule an appointment with the staff in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center. We will walk you through the search process and provide you access to the network through the Toolbox.
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.
The Liberal Arts in Practice Center offers opportunities to learn about jobs. Historically this has taken place through Chicago Field Day, the Sophomore Shadow Program, and In Practice Trips over break.
Internships are an invaluable way to gain work experience and explore job and career options. If you pursue academic credit for the internship, it can also fulfill your Liberal Arts in Practice Requirement.
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 resources.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The OOH is the federal government's outstanding online 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 online 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.