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Where are You Headed with Your Career?
By Ben Hansen, M.S., Career Professional, University of Minnesota

When’s the last time you thought about your career and where you’re heading? Whether you’re in school or working full-time (or both!), it’s hard to think beyond the here and now and look at the big picture of where you’re going. Heck, I’m a planner and often can’t tell you what I have going on next weekend!


If you struggle with this question, the good news is you’re not alone. Chances are your alma mater has a career services office that can help you deal with these big questions that we often don’t make time trying to answer. So, let me ask again. Where are you headed with your career? What’s your reaction to that pathway? The picture may be blurry and our reaction to it can often be less than satisfying. If so, consider seeing a career counselor from the institution from which you graduated.


Career counselors can help you take a step back from your day to day life, re-evaluate your interests, and formulate a plan moving forward. Perhaps it’s as simple as you’re ready for a new opportunity and could use some help reviewing your resume or preparing for the interview process again. We can help with that. What if it’s bigger than that?


For some, changing jobs may be delaying the inevitable. Are you at a point in your life where your values may have shifted from when you first started down this path? Have new experiences in your field opened your eyes to possibilities you hadn’t considered before? Or perhaps you feel stuck navigating all of this. Beyond diving into these questions with your career counselor, there are tools such as career assessments that can help you better understand yourself as you sort through your options.


When the picture of your career begins to get into focus, consider attending a career fair your alma mater puts on or leverage the network of your university’s career services or alumni relations office to do some targeted networking that can put you on the path of your newly revised career goals. Both of these offices typically host events throughout the year in which you can take advantage. Look up their websites, you might be amazed by the number of resources available now that you’re actively thinking about your career. You can’t make the most of these resources unless you start using them.


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