For many students choosing a career can be an anxiety producing process, but it doesn’t have to be. UCS Career Advisors are available to help you break the career decision-making process down into manageable steps that you can tackle throughout your four years at Yale.
The process begins with reflecting upon your unique skills, interests, aptitudes, values and personality traits, and how those fit with career options. Career Advisors can help you identify and explore options that fit, and teach you how you can further research career areas of interest through informational interviews and job shadowing, and how you can try out career interests through internships and on-campus involvement. UCS also offers workshops and networking events throughout the year that all students can participate in; these provide the chance to develop valuable professional skills and the chance to connect with alumni and employers.
We recommend that you start early and make time to learn about yourself, explore your options and test them out; this will allow you to make an informed decision as to which career options are the best fit for you. Actively engaging in the career decision-making process by partnering with UCS Career Advisors can help you to refine your ideas and career direction, and to develop a plan of action.
The Career Decision-Making Guidebook will help you begin this process, as will the resources available in the Explore Careers section, which contains profiles of a wide variety of career fields and resources to help you explore those fields further. In addition, we have addressed some of the most common myths regarding students’ career choices to help answer you as you begin this process.
Schedule an appointment with a UCS Career Advisor and start exploring your options.