Career & Vocational Exploration

Vocational Exploration

Have you ever asked yourself: What should I do when I grow up? How can I do something that makes a difference in the world? Am I choosing the right major? Am I being the best person for my family?

Helpful Tips for using our Career & Vocation Website to Explore: Once you land on the home page, take a minute and set yourself up to receive custom career content. This will give you a weekly newsletter filled with information based on your industry interests as well as any identified affinity group of your choosing. Even if all you do is sign up and commit to reading once a week, you will learn a ton about the world of work and future possibilities and opportunities.
  1. Explore Career Paths: Located at the top of the home page, clicking on the down arrow will provide you a list of industries to explore. Helpful resources, articles, featured jobs & internships are just a few options to look through. Be sure to look at Viking Connections to connect with alumni working in your field of interest and Videos to learn more about jobs that you might consider, but know little about. All of these can be found in the blue banner under the picture.
  2. Build Your Skills: Located at the top of the home page, clicking on the down arrow allows you to search and explore a variety of skill areas. From there, choose Explore Labor Markets to search specific career titles and explore core tasks and skills. Pay attention and take notes about what interests you and what doesn’t interest you. The notes you take will give good insight into interests, strengths, values & needs of the community. Other skills you can explore include job searches, post grad service, or grad school.
  3. Outcomes: Located at the top of the home page, this website feature allows you to look at graduate outcomes from the last four years by major. Looking at top employers and schools attended might give you a good starting point for exploring.

Setting up an exploration appointment through Handshake is a great way to talk with someone about your interests and figure out next steps. We look forward to working with you.


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Student Employment at Augustana College

All degree-seeking students enrolled at Augustana College at least half-time (4 credits) may apply to work on campus. Students are …

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  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Food and Beverage Manager Crow Valley Golf Club

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  • Champaign, Illinois
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  • Chicago, Illinois
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Alumni, Community Experts
  • Tennessee
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  • Iowa
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  • Champaign, Illinois
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Dana Diedrick

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