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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 and unlimited 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.

    • Work Interest Assessment (Holland Code)
    • Values Assessment
    • Personality Assessment (MBTI)
    • Skills Assessment
    • Leisure Assessment
    • Academic Strengths Assessment
    • Career Readiness Assessment
    • Major and Career Exploration

    iStart Strong Assessment - PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Winter 2024, Focus2 has replaced iStartStrong as SCU's primary career assessment platform. Faculty may continue to request access to iStartStrong if needed through June 2024. To request access, please email Colleen Withers, Director of Career Development and Campus Integration, at 

    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.