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Exploring your Interests.

 

  1. Take a variety of courses. Exploring different academic disciplines may help you discover new interests or simply confirm your passion.
  2. Engage in both on- and off-campus activities. Try out student clubs and ventures and participate in community events. Think about how your hobbies relate to possible career paths. For example, if you are comfortable performing, maybe you should take a look at careers that require public speaking skills.
  3. Read about the possibilities. Several great resources for exploring career options are listed on the Career Services website.
  4. Get some work, internship, or volunteer experience. Nothing is quite as effective at helping you discover what tasks you like and dislike as real-world experience. Working with a local organization can help you test out a formal office environment, experience non-profit outreach work or community organizing, or discover the employment opportunities available in the arts.
  5. Talk to people in your network who are doing interesting things. Your network includes family, friends, former employers, and Clark faculty, staff and alumni, among others. Don't hesitate to talk to them about their career paths. People generally like to share their experiences and offer advice!
  6. Visit the LEEP Center for advising. A LEEP Center Adviser can help you clarify your skills, interests and values and identify opportunities to gain experience. Career Services also offers the Strong Interest Inventory as well as informal self-assessment instruments.