Majors & Careers

The Career Decision Pyramid

Where are you in the career decision-making process?

The pyramid will help identify your personal level of career clarity and the resources and services that can assist you in progressing toward a career decision.

To use the pyramid, review the following five career decision-making levels. Select the statement that best represents your situation, then take advantage of the UW Bothell career resources and services listed below each level.

Level 5

pyramid level 5- I know the specific occupation i want to pursue, but have not made a final decision

Take action - Internships are a great way to build applicable work experience to support your degree of choice. They help you to bridge your academic experience with the world of work and to try out different career options to find a good fit. Make an appointment to find the internship that best suits you.

Level 4

pyramid level 4-I cant decide between two or three occupations

Observe - Informational interviews and job shadowing are a great way to learn more about a career in which you are interested.

Level 3

Pyramid level 3-I am interested in four to six specific occupations

Talk with industry professionals - Speak with professionals or members of your industry of interest and discuss the details involved in their career. Explore your career interests with a day in the life of a professional or research on your own.

Level 2

pyramid level 2 - I am interested in one to three broad fields, but need help identifying specific occupations

Do your research - Learn about common career paths with "What Can I Do With This Major", which shows occupations and steps to be successful in the industry. Use LinkedIn to find alumni connections and research careers. If you have a career field in mind, take advantage of our career information system WOIS or research with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Level 1

Pyramid Level 1-I don't know which careers i should consider

Self-exploration - Career Services offers a variety of assessment tools for students exploring career options. Browse the WOIS career information system for details about careers of interest.

Fact:

The average college graduate changes careers 3 or more times in their lifetime!

Get more information about careers at WOIS, the career information system. (Please note: This resource is only available on-campus without the sitekey.)