I Don't Even Know What I'm Interested In...
It's important to remember that interests only describe one facet of who you are, so they can't predict exactly which career path is right for you. You must take into account your skills and abilities, and your values as you go through self-assessment.
Try the following strategies to help you work through this phase of self-assessment:
q Take interest and personality inventories in the Piper Center. Just make an appointment to meet with a career coach, and they will help you determine which assessment is most appropriate for you.
q Ask people who know you well (relatives, friends, supervisors) where they think your interests, skills, and values lie.
q Meet with a counselor in the Piper Center and ask to use our card sorts for identifying skills and values--they're very fun!
q Journaling is another excellent way to work through the self-assessment process. Helpful questions to ponder include:
What do you enjoy doing? (Time passes very quickly when you're doing it.....It's so natural you can't help but do it)
What did you always enjoy doing as a kid? How did you spend your free time?
What do you most enjoy thinking about? Where do your thoughts seem to wander?
How do opinions or outside influences (family, friends, professors, etc.) impact your academic/experiential/career choices?
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now...how about 10?