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Discover skills and interests

Explore your interests

Interests play an important role in college and career planning, as they can guide you toward a fulfilling and successful path. Interests refer to the activities, subjects, or topics that you find engaging, enjoyable, and meaningful. 

Identifying and understanding your interests is important because they can help you make informed decisions about your education and career. Here are some steps you can take to help identify your interests: 

  • Self-reflection: Think about your interests, hobbies, and what activities make you feel excited and engaged. Consider how these interests can translate into potential career options. 
  • Extracurricular activities: Join clubs or extracurricular activities that align with your interests. Whether it’s robotics, debate, sports, art, or science clubs, participating in these organizations can help you discover what you’re passionate about.  
  • Explore academic interests: Pay attention to the classes and subjects you enjoy in school. If you have a strong interest in a particular subject, it could lead to a related career. For example, a love for math might lead to a career in engineering or architecture.  
  • Use online tools: Complete the Interests quiz for personalized career ideas based on your interests. 

It’s important to remain open to exploring new areas and industries that you might be curious about. Attend workshops, seminars, and events to determine your level of interest.

Discover your skills 

In addition to knowing the things you can and like to do, you must also know how well you do them. What are your strengths? Determining your skills for future college and career options is a big step for your educational and professional journey. Here are some ways to identify your skills: 

  • Self-reflection: Reflect on your experiences, interests, and activities, both in your academic and personal life. Think about what you enjoy doing, what comes naturally to you, and what tasks you find fulfilling. 
  • Identify strengths: Consider your strengths. These could be academic strengths, like math or writing, personal strengths, like leadership and communication, or even technical skills, like programming and graphic design. 
  • Keep a skills journal: Start a skills journal where you record your accomplishments, achievements, and areas where you excel. This can help you track your progress and identify patterns over time.  
  • Feedback from others: Seek feedback from teachers, mentors, friends and family. Others can often provide examples of your strengths that you might not recognize yourself. 
  • Use online tools: Complete skills quizzes to match possible career options.  

Once you’ve identified your skills, use the Career Explorer to research industries and job roles that align with them. You can match your skills to the requirements of these roles to see where you may fit best. 

Learning about who you are and how you want to make an impact is a great way to begin narrowing your options. Careers that align with your interests, skills, values, and personality are likely to be a good fit for you. You may have some ideas about jobs that you may like, but you also may wonder if you will really enjoy them. Take an interest or skill and try it out to see if you are heading in the right direction.  

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