How to Choose a Career
Wondering how to choose a career?
Our expert approach using science-based career assessment and discovery will guide you in making a career decision you won't regret.
We've organized it according to the three basic principles of good decision making:
1. Know yourself–your strengths, values, personality, and skills
This will help you decide which choice best fits you.
- Discover which Holland personality types you are most like, then match your results with promising careers, college majors and training programs.
- Read about John Holland's Theory of
Career Choice to understand how your success and satisfaction in a job, school, or college is related to your personality.
- Do the activities in Learn about Yourself and Identify Your Skills to understand yourself better.
- Explore what career well-being means and how to strengthen yours.
2. Know your options and learn about each one
- To learn about occupations, go to Learn
More about the Jobs that Interest Me , Learn
about Occupations, or Choosing
a Military Career.
- Job Satisfaction will help
you optimize your job satisfaction when you choose
a career or a job. It can also help you analyze
why you are dissatisfied in your job, if you are one
of the many who are.
- To learn about education options, go to Choose a Career Cluster/Career Field/Career Pathway or Choose a Major or Training Program.
- Is starting your own business an option? Click Self-Employment to
explore this idea.
- Are you thinking of strengthening your job skills but you are unsure which ones are important? See The Foundation Skills.
3. Make a good decision
- At High-Quality Decision Making you will learn a method based on many scientific studies that is widely used in business and medical settings. It is easy to understand and use.
- Still not sure? Go to Career Indecision and consider getting help from a professional counselor: Career Counseling
- Tip: Go to our "Choose a Career" listing to see more self-help articles! Also check out our Site Map.