Career Assessment

What Do You Want to Do?

Bemidji State University (BSU), Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC), Northwest Technical College (NTC), and University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) collectively have a broad listing of academic programs to help you prepare for any one of a wide variety of careers.

You might be wondering if you need to go to college for a year, two years, or four years. The answer to that question depends on your career choice. If you are still trying to figure out what you want to do, you should keep a couple of things in mind - both are equally important.

Keep the End Goal in Mind

As you go through the process of career exploration, you need to ask yourself, "what employment opportunities are out there?" Which jobs are employers trying the hardest to fill?

Find Your Fit

The other important part of career planning is figuring out what type of career is a good fit for your personal strengths. The "World of Work" graphic shown on this page is one tool to help you in figuring out what you want to do. Do you like working with people or do you like working with things? Do you like working with ideas or do you like working with data?

Check out the iSEEK Assessment tool. In just five minutes, it walks you through a series of questions. Once complete, you get immediate online results and a list of the occupations that are a fit for you. It includes median wages for each of your recommended occupations, along with suggested educational requirements.

Once you have decided on a career, then you need to start thinking about the steps it takes to get you there.