As a faculty member, academic advisor or mentor to Texas State students and alumni, there’s so much you can do to assist with career exploration and development. Trusted faculty and mentors can help students by:
- Teaching about professional image
- Incorporating career exploration elements into coursework or advisory sessions
- Providing information about graduate school or professional opportunities in your field
- Listening to student concerns about career trajectory
- Inviting Career Services into the classroom
And so much more!
The first step is becoming informed. To learn about career exploration (including career counseling, assessment and experiential learning) and job search strategies (including resume and cover letter-writing, interview preparation, conducting an effective job search and more), browse our Students and Alumni pages. Or, check out these FAQs for mentors.
Choosing major is one of the most important decisions a student makes during school. But students often have a difficult time realizing the expectations, career possibilities and quirks of a possible major. As a faculty member, academic advisor or mentor for students, you can play an active role in the major exploration process.
Let students know that they can seek you out for major advice, and be prepared to explain why you chose the major and how it affected your professional or academic life. Also be prepared to ask questions such as:
- What do you think you’d like/dislike about this major?
- What are your professional and academic interests?
- Have you explored other options? What are they and why?
- To what extent is your major decision based on factors other than your wishes (i.e. pressure from family or friends, desire to earn money, etc.)?
Sometimes a student will have greater difficulty with these questions than you’ve anticipated. Feel free to reach out to Career Services for assistance or to refer students to our office by having them call us at 512.245.2645 to set up an appointment with a career counselor.
Career exploration is the process of finding a rewarding career path, as well as identifying specific jobs within a particular career path. It is not “enough” for students to know their major; they must also know the careers that interest them and the steps that will help them land their dream job.
Career Services' 4 Steps to Finding Your Future program outlines the career planning process by breaking it down into steps:
- Self-Assessment. Who am I?
- Exploration. What’s out there?
- Reality Testing. What’s that like?
- Implementation. How do I get there?
Keep in mind that the road to career happiness is often bumpy, curvy and full of tangents rather than a direct path from point A to point B. Download this PDF, which helps dispel some common career myths. And find the 4 Steps brochure in our Online Publications and Resource Center under the Services Brochures section.
Learn more about career exploration by browsing our Students and Alumni pages or scheduling an appointment with your college liaison. Browse the assessments we make available to students here. Or, reach out to Career Services for assistance or to refer students to our office by having them call us at 512.245.2645 to set up an appointment with a career counselor.