Experience Your Career (PACE)
Taking advantage of self-assessment tests is a critical step to understanding your skills, interests, personality traits, values, and how they relate to a particular major or career path.
Online assessments like Focus2 are 100% free and can be completed from the comfort of your home or residence hall at any time. Other assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and the Strong Interest Inventory, may be taken for a small fee.
Discover which assessment is right for you by visiting our Assessments page.
An informational interview is a conversation with someone who can give you advice about an organization, field of work or a particular job that interests you. Your interviewee may be someone you already know like a supervisor, family friend or co-worker, or it may be with someone you do not know.
Though it may seem awkward to approach someone you have never met, seeking career information is an extremely valuable job search tool. Remember, most people are more than happy to discuss what they do for a living. Through your genuine interest in their job and career fields, you can get your questions answered. Learn more about informational interviews.
Discover what it's like to work in specific career fields through job shadowing. A critical but often overlooked component of career exploration, job shadowing enables you to "try on a job" for a half-day, day or more by observing a professional in the field. Job shadowing gives you firsthand experience into your desired career path, and can help you decide whether your dream job is right for you.
Volunteering, much like job shadowing or pursuing an internship, is a great way to gain experience, build your resume and create a professional network--all while giving back to your community, school or cause of your choice. You can volunteer at faith-based, nonprofit or government agencies--or even right here on campus. Find volunteer and unpaid internship opportunities at websites including Serve.gov, Do Something!, Idealist.org and Volunteer Match. To learn about volunteer opportunities coordinated here on campus, visit the Texas State Student Volunteer Connection website.
An internship can be the first real-world experience you’ve had with your possible career path. Typically a semester or longer, an internship provides you with critical professional experience--before you graduate!
An internship can:
- Provide insight into the skills, responsibilities and opportunities associated with your major or desired field
- Confirm or negate your major choice
- Introduce you to networking contacts within your field
- Help you secure a full-time position upon graduating
There are many reasons why internships are a critical step to career success. Learn more about internships.