Career Exploration

There are more than 960 occupations recognized by the federal government.

Can you name them all? Do you know what each does? With so many different career options, it can be overwhelming to explore all the jobs that are available to you. Below, we have compiled a list of resources that can help you sort it all out.

SuperStrong

The SuperStrong™ assessment is a major and career exploration tool that can help you define your occupational interests and then use that insight to find a career that is tailored to fit you. The assessment can be taken within a matter of minutes (like 5), and the results are immediately reviewable without an appointment with a career coach. Having narrowed the seemingly limitless possibilities of types of careers, the tool provides you with an opportunity to explore a more focused sampling while also providing greater insight into both what drives you to succeed and what you enjoy, allowing you to choose a career wisely and make the most of your time at Loyola and beyond. 

You can take this assessment now by going here and signing up with your Loyola email address.

LinkedIn Job Exploration Resources

One of the biggest challenges students and job seekers alike have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist. LinkedIn heard you and as a result launched new job pages designed with the job seeker in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions. LinkedIn surfaces popular job titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a particular job, making it easier for job seekers and exploring students to learn more about opportunities in various fields. Additionally, students and job seekers can use the salary explorer feature to learn more about what jobs pay. Learn more here.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The U.S. Department of Labor publishes this one-stop website that contains information about hundreds of careers. Details include training, job outlook, wages, related careers, and websites to help you explore further. View the Occupational Outlook Handbook here.

O*Net

Every occupation requires a different mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities. This site provides comprehensive information on key attributes of workers and occupations. Learn more about O*Net here

Informational Interviewing

One of the best ways to explore careers is to talk to professionals already in that career or industry. The CDC has a handout that offers advice and recommends actions on how to ask for appointments, questions to ask in an interview, and follow-up techniques. Read more about informational interviewing here.

Professional Associations

Professional associations often provide career information and background in their associated fields. Many associations offer special pricing for student members. Join an association aligned with your career choice, attend meetings, and get experience before you graduate. Below are some examples of professinal associations:

Employer Visits to Campus

Employers regularly come to Loyola to speak with students and provide information about their profession. The Career Development Center brings these employers to information sessions, information tables in the Danna Center every Tuesday and Thursday, and presentations in classrooms. Take advantage of these opportunities to ask targeted questions, learn about internships and jobs, and build your network. View a list of upcoming events here.

Career Fairs

Career fairs present students with the opportunity to talk to a variety of employers about careers and industries. You can learn about a multitude of careers while attending one of these events. The Career Development Center hosts up to 5 fairs a year. View a list of upcoming career fairs here.