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Career Exploration

Career Exploration Online Notebook (PDF)
This module covers researching your own interests and skills, informational interviewing, and creating an action plan for your career development. The packet also includes links to a number of external resources. (Requires VUnetID.)

Center for Student Professional Development
While the Center for Student Professional Development focuses on assisting students to discover their future careers, the resources available online provide a wealth of guidance for all career seekers.

Career Development Reading List
These books are only a small portion of the numerous resources available for career exploration and development, but they can serve as a starting point in your journey. Almost all of them are available either through the Vanderbilt Library or the Nashville Public Library.

Informational Interviewing Tips
This is a quick reference guide for setting up and holding informational interviews to learn more about a career field or career path.

Individual Development Plan
The IDP is a personal action plan, jointly agreed to by you and your supervisor, that identifies your short and long-term career goals. An IDP also identifies the training and other developmental experiences needed to achieve those goals, for the benefit of the individual and the organization, within a specified time frame.

Career Exploration and Development Articles

These articles and others can be found through the Business Source Premier database via the Vanderbilt Libraries. Click here for steps on how to access this database.

  • "How to...Survive the First 100 Days" by Scott Beagrie, Personnel Today
  • "How to...Reinvigorate Your Career" by Scott Beagrie, Personnel Today
  • "How to...Avoid Career Nightmares" by Scott Beagrie, Personnel Today
  • "Planning to Flip the Switch" by Arlen Meyers & Robert Priddy, Leading Edge

If you have any questions about the Career Exploration resources, please contact the OET by email  or phone at 322-8320.