Career Exploration 

Looking for the career that is best for you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

First, let's take a moment to define career exploration. It is the process of...

  • Learning about who you are and exploring employment options

  • Discovering and exploring potentially gratifying occupations, and

  • Creating an effective strategy to recognize your goals.

Marian University Career Services has the tools and resources to help you!

Deciding on or Changing a Major

Deciding on or changing a major can feel like one of the most intimidating tasks of college. But we can provide some meaningful advice about how to tackle this process, as well as offering information about potential career paths based on various majors.  

Career Advising

Our Career Services Director, Mary Hatlen, is here  to help you with any career related questions. To schedule an appointment, log into your Handshake account at: →  Career Services tab →  Appointments. Whether you are interested in switching your major, considering job opportunities after college, or just prepared to explore your interests, Mary and her team of student career ambassadors are here to help. 

Career Assessments—Discover Who You Are

What are my interests?  Is my personality a good "match" for a particular career?  Career assessments are tools that can help answer these kinds of questions. Our experienced career team will help you interpret your results. 

Learn About Careers

There are so many career options out there—maybe some you've never even heard of.  Start by exploring, and then move into experiential learning.  In the Employment Resources section you'll find several links to occupational information sites, as well as suggestions for hands-on career exploration such as job shadowing and internships.

Informational Interviews

One of the best sources for gathering information about what's happening in an occupation or an industry is to talk to people working in the field.  This process is called informational interviewing. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate—you ask the questions.  The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.
Resource Library
Career Services has many books in our resource library to assist you with career exploration, job researching, resume and cover letter writing, self-exploration, graduate school test preparation, etc.  You are welcome to read through these books at Career Services or you can checn them out through the Marian University library.

Career Exploration Links:


What Can I Do with This Major?

This site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people in each major.

Occupational Information:

The Occupational Outlook Catalog

This site features: all 250 outlook statements from the print version of this annual government publication and many links!

O*Net Center
Occupational Information Network

Career One Stop
Find wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions.

Nurses Without Borders

Offers career descriptions, expert interviews, and licensing and degree path information for anyone interested in pursuing Nursing as a career.