Career Planning & Exploration

Career Timeline

Career-Planning Process

The career-planning process consists of three steps:

  1. Self Assessment and Information Gathering — Use Western's Focus 2 and the Dewey Color System Assessments and additional resources listed below to start this process.
  2. Career Exploration — check out these wonderful resources to research different jobs:  O*NET and What Can I Do With a Major In...?.
  3. Job Placement.

Refer to the Four-year College to Career Planning Timetable to help guide you through the process.


Focus 2: Western students automatically have a free account set up and can store completed assessments in the system.

Dewey Color System: This FREE, quick, unique assessment tool is perfect for the student who wants a general list of professions that might be a good fit for them.

College In Colorado: Set up an account and click on "Career Planning." This is an excellent resource!

Holland Codes: Take this quick assessment to discover your values and how they relate to specific positions.  

Keirsey Temperament Sorter: Here is a free personality instrument you can access by answering a series of questions.

Career Link


Career Insider Online Career & Internship Library: The insider career network for industry and employer information.

Career Lab

Career One Stop

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Key: free resume reviews and additional cover letter resources.

AboutJobs: a network of jobs for students, recent graduates, expatriates and adventure seekers. Links to summer jobs, overseas jobs, resort jobs and internships.

Career Journal: Useful career information for management majors, provided by The Wall Street Journal.

Job Profiles: A career exploration website where students can learn about different occupations from experienced workers in various professions. Learn about rewarding and stressful parts of jobs, basic skills requirements, how to enter each field and future trends. New profiles are added daily!

Majors/Degrees: Need some help understanding the career opportunities you will have with different majors? This website provides a multitude of career options associated a variety of majors.

Career Bliss is a career-resource website with more than a half-million company reviews, 7.2 million salary research data points and 3 million job listings.

JobWeb Career Exploration