Career Planning2020-03-27T15:07:36+00:00

The following links contain useful information and resources in order to assist you with your career direction.
Remember, each of these resources is just that – a resource to assist you. It will be just as important to pull the results of these resources together and talk to an Office of Career Services staff member. This person can help you make sense of the research considering the current employment market and where you would like to live. Two key words to keep in mind when considering any career decision making process — change and the flexibility need to adapt to change. It is well documented that career fields (not just jobs!) can change from five to seven times in a working lifetime. Make an appointment at (540) 365-4259 to discuss your career planning needs so what you do makes sense for you!

FOCUS-2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for use by college students. It enables you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results.

What Can I Do With This Major?
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Research over 200+ different job titles and find out about the following areas: Earnings, Nature of the Work, Job Outlook in the Future, Qualifications needed and Advancement possibilities, Related Job Titles and more Sources of Information. What does an Actuary do and how much do they earn? Click on this site to find out!

Career One Stop
This is America’s publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses. Career One Stop is one of the most comprehensive employment seeking sites covering all aspects of the employment search process. This site has over 5,000 links to career resources. A goldmine for the career planner and jobseeker!