Career Planning & Exploration

Career Planning Process

The career planning process consists of three steps:

  1. Self Assessment and Information Gathering - Use Western's Focus 2 Assessment and additional resources listed below to start this process
  2. Career Exploration - check out this wonderful resource to research different jobs:  Career Insider and What Can I Do With a Major In...? PDFs
  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.

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 - there 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 of management majors provided by The Wall Street Journal.

Job Profiles - A career exploration web site where students can learn about different occupations from experienced workers in the various professions. Find out about rewarding and stressful parts of the job; basic skills requirements; advice on how to enter the field and future trends. New profiles are added daily!

Majors/Degrees - Need some help understanding what career opportunities you will have with various majors? This website provides a multitude of career options based off 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