Until you have real experiences in the fields that you are exploring, you will have a difficult time knowing if that career is for you. Your advisor or career consultant can help you identify resources that will help you find meaningful experiences on campus and in the community. Consider participating in one or more of the opportunities below to gain experience.
Attend events that let you connect with professionals to talk about your options. Shadow people in careers of interest, and confirm your career plans by gaining experience. Job shadowing, part-time work, and internships allow you to research possible careers, grow skills and experience, build networking connections, and even earn a paycheck. Outside a typical work setting, career exposure can come in many forms. You may gain experience through community service, a volunteer position, or leadership with a student group.
Even as you enter your degree-granting school, continue to pursue relevant work and internship opportunities to solidify your career plans and to gain marketable skills for future employment!