Owen Center for Teaching & Learning
Owen Center for Teaching & Learning

Career Planning Process

We can help you navigate the many choices available to you! You can work one-on-one with a Career Advisor to achieve major success. The steps below will help you navigate the decision process.

First Step: Self-Assessment

In the hectic pace of everyday life (especially in the middle of papers and exams and extracurricular commitments), it is easy to get caught up in the action and forget to take a good look at what you want out of a major. The best source of information about what you want to major in is you - your interests, skills, abilities and values. A career advisor can help you identify your strengths and challenges, even your priorities. After identifying your preferences and needs, sorting through all the possible majors for an appropriate match becomes a little less daunting.

Second Step: Career Exploration

Once you have narrowed your choices to a few possible majors, it is important to examine the potential career paths available to people in those majors. Additionally, you may want to find out whether those career paths appeal to you or not. Using both print resources in the Career Library and online sources, as well as alumni and people out in the world of work, you can gather information about careers. Many people like to consider factors like on-the-job activities, work environment, advancement opportunities and earning potential before deciding to further explore different career paths.

Third Step: Evaluation

So you have a few major possibilities, and you like the job opportunities that each of them offers. How do you make the final decision? This is where assessment comes into play again. Does each major compliment your skills and preferences? Or does it conflict with something important that you want out of life? This is also the perfect time to consult other individuals in your life, from your friends, parents, faculty and supervisors. Ask them to give you honest feedback on your skills and abilities, and ask about what they think you would be good at. Often, their advice will confirm the choice you are already leaning toward. Listen to your conscience, listen to the people you trust, weigh the pros and cons of each option and make the best choice for yourself!

Contact Information

Courtney DeMayo Pugno

Campus Center 314


Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Our Team

Lindsey Baumgartner
Academic Advising Specialist
Campus Center 308
Lindsey B
Amy Hammitt
Administrative Assistant
Courtney Pugno
Executive Director of the Owen Center
Pfleiderer Hall 203