Career Decision Making Model

Awareness

  • Examine what is important to you when you think about a career.
  • Values: What do you want from a career? (Examples: money, advancement, variety, challenge, helping others, etc.)
  • Skills: What skills do you want to use? Verbs show what you would be doing. (Examples: invest, analyze, develop, create, organize, program, research, write, etc.
  • Interests: What career fields are of interest to you? (Examples: Art, Business, Health/Medical, Communications, Education, Technology, Science, Sports, etc.)

Exploration

Brainstorm and research occupations by career field that you would like to know more about or that you think would be interesting.

Ways to Brainstorm & Research Careers:

  • Find out how well the career matches your values and skills
  • find out what training/education is required to go into the field

Research Information:

Get first- hand information on a career of interest through:

  • Internships
  • Campus Jobs
  • Volunteering
  • Summer & Part-Time Jobs

Decide

Make a decision based on the facts you gathered from the research you conducted for specific careers.
Once you have made your decision, make sure you:

  • Find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity in your field.
  • Attend networking and business etiquette seminars/webinars.
  • Update your resume by making a list of your skills, talents and experiences.  Keep a record of all student involvement activities, workshops/trainings attended, etc.

Action

Now is the time to take action on your new career.

  • Refine your resume and cover letter
  • Participate in career fairs, job expos, and on-campus employer recruiting
  • Participate in mock interviews.
  • Explore Graduate school opportunities and prepare for your graduate entrance exams

Major Exploration

For many students, one of the most difficult tasks facing them at UNT Dallas is choosing a major. The path to choosing a major will be different for different people; some students have known what they wanted to major in since they were infants, while others get into their junior or even senior year without finding their passion.

It's important to note that discovering your major is a process, and may take several semesters of work on your part. For some students, just taking an introductory course in the subject will tell them what they need to know, while others won't know for sure until they've had experience as a research assistant in the field. Whatever your process, advisers are here to help all along the way.