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Career Exploration: Find What Interests YOU

While helping students research potential careers, one of the questions I am asked most often is, “What career fields are hot right now?”.  It’s typically an easy question to answer, but not the best way to determine a career field.  Why?  First, what’s hot now may not be “hot” in four years when most students graduate.  Many factors determine what fields are in demand, and those change, often with little warning.  Selecting a popular career field in 2013, which may or may not interest you, can create a problem if you graduate in 2017 and that field isn’t hot, or you aren’t geographically somewhere with openings in that field.

A better way to determine career options is to look at a combination of things.  Career counselors may ask you to take an assessment tool to help identify your interests, abilities and values.  Discussing these three areas typically leads to the identification of several potential career fields which may be of interest to the student.  It’s often best to know several career areas that you may enjoy, as this makes you more marketable upon graduation, and makes it easier for you to identify employers who need the skills that  you have to offer.

About Roberta Kingery

Bobbi  is a Career Counselor at Eastern Illinois University, and has been on staff since 1996, after spending two years as a graduate assistant in the Career Services office.  On campus she also co-teaches a University Foundations course for incoming freshman, and previously taught a graduate level Career Counseling course.

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