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Testing a Career

There are several ways to test a career choice before getting your first real job in the field.  Study abroad, service learning opportunities, internships and summer jobs are just a few of the ways to sample careers.  Also consider part time employment or volunteer jobs in fields you are considering. 

Go to at least one site in each section.  Try to find a program that is related to your major.  If that is not available use another opportunity in each category that sounds interesting to you.  My son was a Psychology major for a semester just so he could go to Australia to study animal psychology.  Answer each question.

The goal of this tutorial is for you to learn how to acquire experiences that will help you to confirm a career decision.  Each of these experiences are also outstanding additions to a resume.  Do not pass up these opportunities. These four links take you to the four areas on this page.

Study abroad 
Service learning
 
Internships
 
Summer jobs


Study Abroad

Council on International Education Exchange

Step 1 From which web site did you find an interesting study abroad program? Copy the web address from the location box. Then paste it directly into this box.

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Step 2 Describe the program that you've selected.

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Step 3 How might study abroad help you make a career decision?

Type your answer:


Service Learning

Home of Service Learning on the World Wide Web - links
Center for Service Learning
- search "Service Learning"

Step 4 From which web site did you find an interesting service learning opportunity? Copy the web address from the location box. Then paste it directly into this box.

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Step 5 Describe the program that you've selected.

Type your answer:

Step 6 How might service learning help you make a career decision?

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Internships

Rising Star Internships 

Step 7 From which web site did you find an interesting internship opportunity? Copy the web address from the location box. Then paste it directly into this box.

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Step 8 Describe the program that you have selected.

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Step 9 How might an internship help you make a career decision?

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Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs.com 
Live and Work Where Others Only Visit

Step 10 From which web site did you find an interesting summer job opportunity? Copy the web address from the location box. Then paste it directly into this box.

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Step 11 Describe the summer job you have selected.

Type your answer:

Step 12 How might this summer job help you make a career decision?

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Step 13 To print or save a copy of your answers:

 
  • Open a word processing or text editing program

  • Select all information within the results window.  One way to do this is to put your cursor at the beginning of the text, depress the left mouse button, and drag the highlighting to the end of the text area.  Release the mouse button.  All text should be highlighted.  Note: If you cannot find your answers, look at the bottom of your browser window and select the results button.

  • Copy this information by selecting the Control button on your keyboard, then select the letter C

  • Go to the previously opened word processing or text editing document.  Look for it at the bottom of your browser window and click on the button to maximize that document.

  • Place your cursor in the upper left corner of the page.

  • Paste your questions and answers onto the empty document by selecting the Control button on your keyboard, then select the letter V

  • Your answers are now ready for printing or saving by either selecting file then print or selecting file then save as.

 

 
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