Your University College education is grounded in the liberal arts, which focus on writing, critical thinking and study in a variety of academic subjects. Did you know that these are also job skills? Read "Why Businesses Prefer a Liberal Arts Education," and learn which of these proficiencies you can highlight on your resume:
- critical thinking
- persuasive and thoughtful writing
- research – the ability to complete long-term projects and learn independently
Ready to get started right away? Take these three basic steps to create your own career development plan:
Step 1: Reflect
Career planning begins with self-understanding. Knowing your skills, your values and your goals will help you find a calling that is a good fit.
- Take an online self-assessment such as O-net online, the Jung typology personality type test, or the State of Minnesota's CAREERwise tool, or review other online tools from sites like Mindtools.com.
- Create your own personal mission statement, write your autobiography or complete a life audit.
- Explore career development resources for Washington University Employees, or use the resources of the Washington University Career Center.
Step 2: Explore
As you learn about your skills, values and goals, begin investigating possible careers that suit your needs.
- Research online tips for career changers.
- Explore online job resources to learn what types of jobs are available:
- Review CareerLink, the Career Center’s online job and internship listings.
- Check out the State of Missouri's jobs database.
- Visit the jobs listings from the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.
- Veterans can learn how to connect military experience to a civilian job at mynextmove.org.
- Veteran students can also check out the online mentor matching program called Veterati.
- Talk to your instructors – they can be a resource for career information, and they may help you land an internship for academic credit.
Step 3: Connect
Create a career plan connecting what you have learned about yourself with your discoveries about different jobs – then begin to make your new career a reality.
- Update your resume. If you have experience in many different work areas, consider creating a master resume.
- Set up a LinkedIn page. Learn how LinkedIn can power a career transition. Highlight your WashU connection by joining the Washington University Alumni Group on LinkedIn.
- Consider creating a professional portfolio showcasing your achievements in school, your job, and your volunteer life.
Career Development can continue throughout your working life – just keep following these three steps as you change fields or advance in your chosen career. Keep us in the loop so we can celebrate your achievements!
- Washington University Career Center Resources
- Career Development Resources for Washington University Employees