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Career Planning

Decision Making Model

Find The Career You Were Destined For

Everyone wants a career that they love, but not everyone knows how to plan for it. We can help. Follow these steps to discover the career you'd like to pursue and plan your path. Download a copy of the UCR Career Center's  Career Decision Making Process for a step-by-step approach! 

Plan Your Path

  • 1. Take an assessment.

    We offer several assessments that can help you get to know yourself and the careers that will inspire you. Make a "Career Assessment Question" appointment or visit the Express Career Advising Hours to see if an assessment tool is right for you.  

    • Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
      The SII evaluates your interests and uses them to suggest majors, internships and careers. The goal is to help you find career options that are satisfying and well suited to what you love. You must schedule an appointment for an evaluation and assessment instructions.  Once an evaluation has been completed, your Career Specialist will schedule you for a group interpretation appointment.
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
      The MBTI looks at your personality type and how it will tie into career options and work relationships. The goal is to help you find a career that is suited to your personality. You must schedule an appointment for an evaluation and assessment instructions. Once an evaluation has been completed, your Career Specialist will schedule you for a group interpretation appointment. 
    • CareerLeader
      CareerLeader measures patterns of business-related interests, values and abilities. It is appropriate for students interested in any type of business career, regardless of major. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment to review your result with a career counselor. ($20)
    • Focus 2
      Focus 2 is our free assessment tool. It combines career, UCR major exploration, decision making and action planning. You can log into Handshake and take it right now!  If you would like your results interpreted, please schedule a the group assessment interpretation workshop for Focus 2 via Handshake.  
  • 2. Explore careers.

    College is the perfect time to explore careers and job options.

    • Use the Career Center’s library of career exploration resources. Browse major-related books and handouts, publications about the structure of work, and detailed information about employers. Our career counselors can also help prepare you for job shadowing.
    • Attend on-campus info sessions and panels featuring employers and alumni. See our calendar for upcoming sessions.
    • Take into account your assessment results and peruse professions you may not have previously considered. You may surprise yourself!
  • 3. Get experience and build skills.

    Gaining actual work experience is one of the most important elements in career planning.

    • Participate in internships, part-time jobs, seasonal employment, undergraduate research, work-study or any combination of these. Search Handshake job listings for open opportunities.
    • Routinely assess your skills, knowledge, and abilities. Update your resume, attend our skill-building workshops and focus on project-driven classes that offer real-world experience.
    • Come to the Career Center to discover additional internships and explore our resources. Our counselors can provide you with expert advising and help you gain the experience and skills you desire.
  • 4. Prepare for your job search.
  • 5. Stay on track.
  • 6. Talk to us.

    Our professional Career Center staff members can answer questions and offer individual career counseling. Contact us when you need help.

Get Individual Career Counseling

Sometimes you just need to talk to an expert! Whether your concern is about choosing a major, finding a job or internship, creating a resume or learning interview etiquette – we can help you. 

Express Career Advising Hours

Sign-up for a 15-minute, same day appointment to get started or answer quick questions. View the schedule at careers.ucr.edu.

Make an Appointment

For one-on-one help tailored to your situation, schedule an individual career counseling appointment via Handshake

Get Community Support

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Guiding You to Career Success

UCR's Career Center partners with many other departments to offer a variety of programs to assist all students on their career path, providing guidance on resume writing, job searching and interviewing. The Career Center also provides specialized programming for underrepresented student groups, including students with disabilities (ASPIRE), first-generation college students (ORBITS), undocumented students (Butterfly Project), and student veterans (Operation VETS). Click on the name of the program to learn more about the program and who to contact.

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