Career Exploration Resources

Finding a career path is a journey.  Students often return to graduate school to change their career paths.  It's ok to feel uncertain.  At the same time, it is important for graduate students to start early to identify careers and job sectors that would suit them.  Identifying a career path early on in your graduate program is vital to help you make the best choices for internships, Master's Projects, coursework, student groups, etc.  that will make you a competitive candidate in your field.  Below are some excellent resources to assist in career exploration early on in your graduate program.  SNRE Career Service staff are also available to meet with students to discuss potential career paths. 

WHAT JOB SECTOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?

FINDING A CAREER PATH

Career Assessment Resources: Assessing Your Career Strengths and Interests

  • U-M Career Assessment Tools--Get personalized help from a U-M Career Counselor to learn about your strengths (via a Myers-Briggs or Strong Interest Inventory assessment) and how to incorporate these strengths into your career pathway.
  • SNRE's Career Interest Assessment Form (please fill out and email to: snre.careers@umich.edu , we will store your interest form on our private eRecruiter student counseling notes so SNRE Career Services staff can better assist you when meeting with you). Be sure to set up an appointment with SNRE Career Services staff if you need guidance on your career path.
  • Online Career Assessment Tools Review

Career Exploration Resources: What Kinds of Jobs Are Out There?

  • Career Explorer on LinkedIn (helps you visualize a career path and connect with professionals within your desired career path)
  • View alumni job titles, skills and job duties.
  • View hundreds of past jobs on eRecruiterto see job descriptions, required skills, and salaries. 
    • On eRecruiter , go to the Jobs tab, select "SNRE eRecruiter Jobs & Internships", then click on the "Expired Jobs" tab.  You can then do a keyword search by position title (ex: "program analyst") and view positions that have been posted on our system in the past.
  • Learn about a profession, average salary, job growth outlook, skills needed, etc. on eRecruiter, go to "Resources" tab and then "Career Explorer" subtab and enter a keyword (ex: "environmental engineer" or "landscape architect")
  • Research different careers using the SNRE's Job Description Database (check out job titles, duties, and requirements)
  • Job Descriptions, Requirements and Salary Ranges (MELDI)
  • Environmental Career Guide
  • The UM Library provides a subscription to "Career Search " a database of almost four million U.S. employers, including company profiles and contact information for a wide spectrum of industries. Searchable by product, service, geographic location, and industry size as well as keyword.
  • O*NET  is the nation's primary source of occupational information and provides hundreds of job descriptions.
  • Do a search on the internet by position title to find current positions available - then read what skills are necessary to apply.