What can I do with a career in?

Simple Steps to Answering the Question: What can I do with a career in...?

STEP 1: Know Yourself

If you haven't done so already, please consider taking a self assessment, which is designed to assist in the exploration of your interests, values, and skills.  For more information, click here to learn how to sign up for a career assessment.

Another great way to learn more about yourself and your interests is to get involved with the UD community, including service projects, clubs, and student organizations.  It is also a great opportunity to build your resume. You may find out more information on what your interests are, and what your natural skills are. To learn more about ways to get involved on campus in clubs and organizations, click here. 

STEP 2: Research, Research, Research! 

There are numerous websites out there, designed to assist students exploring career options. 

Top 14 things to ask when considering your career options:

1) Does this career match up with my values, interests, skills, and needs?

2) What is the lowest income that I will accept? (i.e. what is the average salary?)

3) Am I willing to commute or relocate to a different part of the country?

4) What type of schooling will I need? Am I willing to go beyond a 4-year degree?

5) Am I willing to work nights and weekends if the job requires it?

6) Am I willing to travel a lot if I need to?

7) What is the job outlook for this career (i.e. will there be jobs available in this field when I start job searching?)

8) What type of preparation do I need for this career beyond a degree? (i.e. internships, volunteering, developing portfolios)

9) Am I passionate about this career field?

10) Do I like working with people, or independently?

11) What types of skills and qualities are expected in these career fields? Do I possess them, or are these skills something I can obtain?

12) What are the challenges of this career? Can I face them?

13) Would I feel comfortable in this type of work environment?

 14) Are there many opportunities for advancement in this career field?

Resources for Career Exploration

The Career Insider: A one stop shop to everything careers. Includes Industry Career Guides; resume and cover letter examples; videos on job search and interview advice; career outlook for 53 career paths; and advice from professionals.

To access the career vault website, click here and register an account using your UD email address.


Career one Stop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and offers career exploration advice; salary and benefit information; and even resume and interview advice. click here

O*NET in-itO*Net: Dictionary of Occupation Titles: Database includes information on skills; abilities needed; work activities; and interests associated with occupations. Click on the O*Net logo above to go directly to the website.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: A nationally recognized source of career information. It describes occupational duties; working conditions; information about training and education requirements; earnings; and expected employment prospects.

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STEP 3: Observe Careers and Talk with Professionals

Exploring and observing careers first hand can be an exciting opportunity.

Suggestions for Observing Careers

Connect with UD Alumni, they are a great resource to discuss and share their career experiences with UD students. To get connected to a UD Alum, consider joining the social networking site, http://www.linkedin.com/ and connecting with the University of Dubuque's Career Services group.  Or, contact UD's Alumni Office to assist you in connecting with a UD Alum   http://alumni.dbq.edu/

Create a half or full-day job shadow opportunity.

Consult with UD's Career Services to review local opportunities to engage with professionals within your career field of interest. 

Get involved in activities, clubs, or student organizations that fall within your career interests. Sometimes students forget that taking part in clubs can really help you understand where your true interests and passions are. In a club that you absolutely love? How can you turn some of that experience into a career? Click here, to learn about clubs and organizations on UD's campus. Volunteer or contribute to a service learning project. Volunteering is a great way for students to learn about a career field, while also gaining experience (volunteer experiences can go on a resume!). To learn how you can volunteer, or take part in a service learning project, contact Career Services at career@dbq.edu


Consider conducting one to two internships. An internship can be a healthy means towards gaining 'real life' experience within a career field of interest.  Internships can help you develop professional skills and networking contacts, both of which can assist you during the job search.  Think of it like this, most people wouldn't buy a car without driving it first, why would you spend a lot of money on a career you haven't "test driven" beforehand?

Want More Information on Finding an Internship?

Click here to find internship postings on the career services website. Seeking an Internship for Academic Credit? Click here to learn more information. Review the many internship sites current, as well as, previous UD students have participated.  These sites can be reviewed per major (or) area of career interest.  Click here to review the updated lists.