Exploration Resources

Begin your exploration journey by building on four key areas of knowledge.

1. Self-Knowledge Discovery

  • Take self-assessments to determine your values, interests, personality traits and skills.
    - Explore some In-depth assessments available on our Career & Internship Services website
    - Check out the free assessments available on our Career & Internship Services website such as
    Interest Inventory - identifies your interest profile and related career categories you may enjoy.
    Personal Style Inventory - identifies your basic “personality type” which can be related to potential career choices and work environments. Similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
    Skills Inventory - helps you identify your basic skills.

2. Educational Knowledge Discovery

  • Review the Undergraduate Catalog and build a list of 2 or 3 majors that you want to explore further
  • Meet with an academic advisor in an area you're interested in, to talk about what is required of those majors and how they fit with your skills and interests
  • Explore some information for students who are thinking they want to major in a field that you are interested in
  • Explore the What Can I Do With This Major? resource to give you an idea of typical career outcomes in different majors
  • Take courses in areas of interest that also meet Liberal Education (general course) requirements. Most colleges have two-for-one classes that count for both.
  • Take introductory courses such as Psy 1003, Comm 1000, SW 1000 or others offered in areas of interest to you.
  • Get involved on campus
  • Study abroad

3. Occupational Knowledge Discovery

  • Set up informational interviews with people who are in careers and/or majors you are interested in
  • Sign up for and find an internship on GoldPASS powered by Handshake or develop your own with the help of a career counselor or the employer relations coordinator in Career and Internship Services, a faculty member or the internship coordinator in your major of interest
  • Develop a career action plan with a career counselor
  • Take advantage of Undergraduate Research Opportunities in an area of interest
  • Take part in the career fairs and skill-building workshops offered by Career & Internship Services
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of your accomplishments and work
  • Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

4. Your Decision-Making Knowledge

  • Review your self-assessments and think about how your interests, values, and skills align with careers
  • Think about how you will make your values part of your decision-making
  • What kind of decision-maker ARE you?
  • Discuss an action plan for following through on your decision with a career counselor and/or academic advisor

What does all that mean for me at UMD? Time to narrow it down...