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Career Search Planning Guide

This form is meant to help guide you through your career exploration process and job search action plan. Continue to revisit this form as you learn more information about yourself and the career world. It's all right to leave sections blank, save, and come back to the form to change or include more information as you're developing your plan. Use this guide while you are working with your   alumni career counselor. This plan will help you be more strategic and make better career decisions. 

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We offer a range of career education resources for recent, mid-level and experienced alumni to help navigate the job search process and manage career development.


Learn about Yourself

Career Exploration & Decision Making

Determining career fit requires a combination of reflecting on past experiences (to understand your likes, dislikes, values and skills) and acquiring career knowledge (by reading and/or talking to professionals working in careers of interest).

Your experiences enable interests to evolve and grow; therefore, career exploration is a life-long process of learning about yourself and careers.

7-Step Career Decision-Making Model:

Step 1:  Identifying the decision to be made  - What are you trying to decide?

Step 2:  Know yourself 

Know what is important to you (values, priorities).  Know your skills, strengths, talents, and weaknesses.  Think about what you are interested in and what you can get most excited about.

Step 3: Indentify options 

Begin identifying all the alternatives that may solve the problem or help you make the decision (this may be on-going)

Step 4: Gather information and data

Examine the information and resources you already have.  Identify what additional information and resources you will need.  Seek out and utilize new information

Step 5: Evaluate - Strength,  Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT).

Step 6: Select the best option - may be necessary to loop back and gether more information. Your decision may never feel 100% right. 

Step 7: Develop a plan of action - and implement it!

Source:  7-Step Decision Making Model Developed by Rick Roberts, Director, Career Services, University of North Florida

SUGGESTED ACTIONTake one more of these career assesments and review with one of our career coaches.

Career development is a self-initiated process with support and resources provided the Career Center.  At SBU, we use a 4-part model (information, experience, reflection, career) of career development to help you organize your career development planning activities.  




      Career Assessments

Determining career fit requires a combination of reflecting on past experiences (to better understand your likes, dislikes, values and skills) and acquiring accurate career knowledge (by reading, talking to, and/or observing professionals working in careers of interest).

The first step in achieving a successful career is to take a look at yourself. From a career perspective, there are four avenues of exploration that ca help you clarify who you are:  Values, Interests, Personality and Skills:

Find your VIPS!  

Values :  What qualities do you value in your work and overall lifestyle? What motivates you and why? Some people want variety, autonomy, and flexibility, while others need security and prestige. There are no right or wrong answers here, so think of your ideal scenario.

O*Net Online - Values |  CareerOneStop - Values

Interests :  Job satisfaction and success is closely linked to being interested in what you do. With an eye on future fulfillment, consider accomplishments, tasks or projects at which you excelled and which created a sense of pride and satisfaction.

O*NET Interest Profiler on My Next Move |  CareerOneStop - Interests 

Personality:   Personality traits play a major role in job satisfaction and success, and being the right “fit” involves numerous factors. Personality inventories and assessments offer insight into how your personality compares to others and how you prefer to work.

16 Personalities MBTI Test |  Keirsey Temperament

Skills:  Review your accomplishments to uncover skills critical to your success. Then think about how they connect to a potential career. This will help you understand what to market in your search.

CareerOneStop - Skills Matcher |  O*Net Online -  Skills Assessment  |   Learn about what employers are looking for.

SUGGESTED ACTIONTake one more of these career assesments and review with one of our career coaches.

Work/Life Balance Assessments

" PERMA" stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These are: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This survey adds to Seligman’s model an H, for Health. 

VIA Character Strengths Survey Understanding who we are is essential to finding the right career fit and living a more purposeful life. A lot of attention has been given to better understanding our character and strengths as they relate to living a more meaningful, successful, and happy life. 

Emotional intelligence refers to an ability to recognize the meanings of emotion and their relationships, and to reason and problem-solve on the basis of them. 


Learn About Careers



Gathering information about careers and professions can be a difficult task. We have provided you with an easy way to organize information about the professions you may be interested in pursuing.



 Network with Fellow Alumni

We offer a variety of ways for you to learn from alumni and friends about careers.  

Network with Alumni on LinkedIn


LinkedIn’s       Alumni page    provides high-level insights about alumni of your school, as well as access to the more detailed professional profiles they've shared. It can help you:

  • Explore possibilities:    See what alumni in your field have accomplished since graduation - and expand your sense of what's possible for you.
  • Make connections:    Reconnect with old friends, and reach out to alumni in your field for their industry expertise and career opportunities.
  • Find opportunities:    From mentoring to jobs, your fellow alumni are often are ready to help.


Alumni-Alumni Virtual Networking Hours

Every 1ST WEEK of the MONTH from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, we're offering onw:one virtual networking hours, by Career Communities.

All chats/video connections will take place through  Google Hangouts. Student-alumni connections will be no longer than 20 min. Ideally, there will be 3 connections made.

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