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Career Center, Santa Clara University

EXPLORE & DISCERN Possible Careers

Give yourself the space and time to deepen your self awareness, connect your major to potential career options, engage in general occupational exploration, learn from others, and/or gain early career experience through professional work simulation! Clarity in these areas allow for more effective searches! Explore and discern possible careers via:


  • Understanding Self

    Focus2Career / Holland Code Assessment - The Career Center is proud to provide free access to this dynamic platform, which offers work interest and career readiness assessments as well as career planning support.

    All incoming Class of 2028 students will be invited to complete the work interest assessment as part of New Student Orientation and Welcome Weekend.

    *Platform access available beginning Winter 2024 to currently enrolled students* 

    • Work Interest Assessment
    • Values Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Skills Assessment
    • Leisure Assessment
    • Academic Strengths Assessment
    • Career Readiness Assessment
    • Major and Career Exploration

    iStart Strong Assessment - Take this quick, free assessment to learn about the themes that tend to describe your personality and the kinds of work environments you might find satisfying. Explore how your interests can connect with potential courses, majors, and career options. 

    *Platform access expiring Winter 2024; replaced by Focus2Career*

    Values Inventory - Learn how to identify current values and reflect on how they might influence your career decisions. Check out our video and leverage the following tools to capture what you currently value:



  • Connecting Major with Career

    What Can I Do With My Major - There are many career possibilities for every major at SCU. Access this resource to view typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major.



  • Occupational Exploration

    SCU Library Databases - Ready to dive in further?  Get the inside scoop  from industry experts about jobs and trends in their field. The SCU Library offers several industry databases to help you research potential organizations and fields.

    Occupational Outlook Handbook - An online publication by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics that details extensive information on earnings and job outlook, training and education, and working conditions for hundreds of different occupations in the U.S.



  • Engaging With Others

    Build Your Professional Network - Conversing with and asking intentional questions of others, including your peers, professors, mentors, supervisors, guest speakers, panelists, etc. is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself more and to expose yourself to opportunities you may not currently be aware of.

    “Life After SCU” - Each SCU department/major highlights alumni experiences and professional pursuits, as well as relevant career resources in their respective “Life After SCU” pages! 



  • Work Simulation

    Forage - Get a free taste of industry experience by completing short, real-world, company-backed online projects provided through Forage. Experiences are FREE and created by world-leading companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Accenture, BCG, Deloitte, General Electric, and many more. You can complete the programs without having to submit an application or go through an interview. By completing a job simulation, you’ll be building the practical skills that these top employers are looking for, receive a personalized certificate of completion, and you can share the experience on your resume and LinkedIn profile. When you go on to apply for an internship or full-time role, your virtual experience is a fantastic way to stand out.