Overview of Career Exploration
Career exploration is the process of examining who you are and then determining how you want to express that self-knowledge in the world of work. Below are tools to help you begin the process of creating an effective career development plan.
The Davidson College Office of Career Services offers individual career advising and career assessments for all students. Working with a career advisor can help you:
- Decide on a major
- Investigate ways to use your major in the "real world" of work
- Discuss your ideas and concerns about career-related issues
- Make effective career decisions
- Learn how to conduct a professional internship and job search
- Create a targeted resume
- Develop effective interviewing techniques
- Prepare for graduate and/or professional school
- Explore post-Davidson experiences i.e. fellowships, service corps, etc.
Career Advisors can assist you in the Career Development and planning process. We offer a wide range of career assessments to help you determine your:
- Existing skills versus skills you may want to develop
- Interests and how they relate to the world of work
- Personal values and how to incorporate them into your work and lifestyle
- Individual personality characteristics and how they support the types of work you may enjoy
Advisor Administered Career Assessments
Career assessments are given at the discretion of the career advisors, and include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). Contact the Career Services main office by email or call 704-894-2132 to make an appointment.
Self-Administered Career Assessments
FOCUS-2 ACCESS CODE: wildcat
CLICK ON FOCUS-2 to create A New User Account or Return to an Existing Account.
FOCUS-2 is an on-line, interactive education and career planning system that combines self assessment, major and career exploration, and decision making into one comprehensive program.
FOCUS-2 will help you clarify your strengths, interests, and professional goals so you will be better equipped to identify potential majors and minors, to create an academic plan, and to map out a basic career path.
SkillScan is an online, self-directed skills assessment tool that provides you with a profile of your transferable skills and preferences - knowledge essential to identifying satisfying work options, creating a career development plan or strategizing your next career move. Click on the icon to use SkillScan today!
Career Exploration Resources
Research Career Fields
Meet with a Career Advisor
A student can meet with a career advisor and ask a quick question during Walk-In Hours (Monday - Friday 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm), or schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment to discuss issues more in-depth. Students wishing to schedule an appointment should contact the Career Services office at 704-894-2132.