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Robins School of Business Career Development Cycle

Career management is an ongoing process that will often evolve several times during the course of your lifetime. As your career progresses, you’ll find that your career goals may evolve and you will begin the career development cycle again.

The career development process often begins with a serious examination of what is important to you. During this self-assessment process, it is critical to consider your career interests, skills, values and personality style. There are a number of resources in the Office of Alumni and Career Services that can assist you during the self-assessment phase: books, assessments and meeting with a career advisor.

Explore Options
Many times, the next phase is exploring possible career options.  To explore options, you begin to gather additional information about an area. Examples of this type of exploration are: trying new courses, volunteering in or researching a career field, conducting information interviews, participating in career programs, including Career Expos, or Spider Road Trips to gain new perspectives.

Narrow Options
Once you’ve gathered some preliminary information about a profession or industry, think about how this knowledge integrates with your self-assessment. Are you interested in learning even more about this area or have you decided that this isn’t a good match for you?  Either way, it’s good to know this about yourself and your career goals?

If you decide that you want to move forward, begin to meet with a career advisor to develop your search strategy. If your career exploration reveals that this field isn’t for you, take what you’ve learned and begin the career development cycle again.

Implement Goals
Once you’ve narrowed your interest areas, it’s time to implement your internship/job/graduate school search strategy.
Building Your Brand

Everything from your emails to class attendance shapes how faculty, staff, and potential employers view you. Here are Career Services resources to consider when presenting yourself.