So far you've learned more about your interests, skills, values, and personality and explored majors available at Winona State that might be a good fit for you. Now it's time to explore career options.
Learn About Careers
Remember career exploration should begin with having a full understanding and knowledge of oneself. Refer back to Step One of the Prepare to Declare plan for self assessment tools. Check out the following resources to learn more about career exploration, employment, salary data and much more.
Careers & Your Major: Provides lists of types of positioning and potential careers based on WSU majors.
United States Department of Labor: Provides statistics on job trends, job banks, and career guides for those seeking employment.
Career One Stop: Provides a comprehensive set of tools to build and manage your career. Resources focus on but are not limited to the following: green careers, licensed occupations, salary negotiations, informational interviews, required certifications, and employment trends.
Iseek: Focuses on careers in Minnesota. This website offers over 500 career options and over 250 educational institutions to explore.
GPS Lifeplan: A holistic program designed to help you plan for your future. It guides you step by step through the career development process, focusing on Career, Education, Finance, Leadership, and Personal.
Graduate Success Report: A Career Services survey report highlighting employment trends for WSU students. The full study is available at the Warrior Success Center, Maxwell 314 or SSA 125 in Rochester. Past reports are also available here.
Career Services Career Exploration webpage
Talk to Professionals in the Field
It's important to talk to people that are actually in the field and not base your decision solely on what you read online.
- Meet with faculty, advisors, Career Services, counselors
- Attend job/career/internship/volunteer fairs: see Career Services website for fair information
- Job shadow: Ask to sit in with someone who is in a position you are interested in.
- Informational interviews: Ask to visit with (in person, or over the phone) with someone about their career, the required education/training, seek advice/insight.
Gain the Required Skills Necessary
There are many ways to gain the experience and skills necessary for when you finish college and are searching for a job in your respective field. Here are just a few suggestions to help you gain relevant skills:
- Through your education (i.e. coursework, practicum, classroom projects and assignments)
- Part time or summer jobs. Check out Career Services for postings.
- Volunteer opportunities: WSU Camp, Internship and Volunteer Fair, Winona Shares, Winona Volunteer Services, and many other opportunities. Do some research and ask around!
- Internships: Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular field and help you determine if it is the correct field for you. An internship provides you with on-the-job training and helps you create a network of contacts. See WSU Camp, Internship and Volunteer Fair, Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair, talk to your advisor, or do some research on your own.
- Cross Cultural and/or Study Abroad opportunities
- Join professional associations and/or student clubs and consider a leadership role.