Career Development Center

Evaluating Your Decision

It is important to review and evaluate your academic and career decisions on a regular basis to ensure that they are still compatible with your priorities, interests and values.

As you gain new experience and knowledge, your view of the world is likely to change. Your experiences may strengthen your confidence in the decision you’ve made. Or, you may find your preferences changing.  That’s okay! Our careers, much like ourselves, are always a work in progress. Here are some important factors to remember:

  • Career development is a proactive, continuing process—NOT an event
  • What you emphasize in college does not pre-determine your entire professional career—there are lots of career paths you will have the opportunity to explore
  • While focusing on your college studies you do not have to give up your other areas of interest—find extracurricular activities to fulfill your other interests, and consider internships that earn academic credit
  • Your priorities, interests and skills will shift over time
  • Career development and decision making takes time
  • When developing your career action plan, keep your end goals in mind—determine what path you may want to pursue whether it is a career, graduate/professional school or volunteer/service after graduation
  • ALL of your experiences, whether they are job-related or not, impact your career choices
  • Keep an open mind and be open to opportunities that present themselves
  • No one career could possibly meet ALL of your needs—choose the career option that appears to be the best fit