The Career Coach app has goals you can work on with activities that grow lifelong skills. This lesson organizes the activities from the app into a series you can follow step-by-step.

In this lesson, your goal is to discover your career path. Complete all the activity steps to grow real-world skills and reach your goal. To focus on a specific skill, you can work on one or more of the activities.

If you're new to Career Coach, visit the quick start guide

Notes: For this lesson, you'll need:

  • A mobile device or computer

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Career Coach

  • LinkedIn

  • A journal you can customize to track what you discover and learn from the activities below (optional)

With the activities for this goal, you will: 

Learn skills for your career. Identify your skills. Identify careers that align with your skills and interests. Find alumni who share your interests. Identify skills you want to learn. Identify open jobs. Learn skills you need for careers that interest you. 

Get started discovering your career path

  1. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on developing self-awareness

  2. Reflect How can self-awareness help you identify your goals and interests? What are ways you can practice the skills from the course? For example, how can you practice taking time to reflect or seeking feedback?

    Tip: If you chose to use a journal, you can start a list of ways to practice self-awareness. Use the journal to track other ideas for the steps that follow. 

  3. Open Career Coach. Select Profile. Select Skills Explorer. Upload your resume or transcript. Review your skills on the Profile page under My skills. You can delete any you don’t want in your profile.  

  4. Go to LinkedIn. Select Jobs. Filter a search by your skills. Then, search in-demand jobs and skills with LinkedIn. Save any jobs that interest you. 

    Tip: Learn how to use LinkedIn to navigate your career journey here

  5. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on the importance of emotional intelligence

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  6. Reflect How have you used emotional intelligence in a course and at a job? When has thinking of the perspective of others made a situation better? How can developing emotional intelligence help you become more self-aware?

  7. Open Career Coach. Select Careers to view careers that align with your skills. Save careers that interest you. Select People. Review the field of study and career paths of alumni. Select Careers. Use filters to search careers by companies and industries you discovered in your alumni search. Save skills from careers that interest you.

  8. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on taking risks.

  9. Reflect Did you save careers and jobs that could require you to take risks? For example, would you need to change your field of study to pursue a career that interests you? How could you mitigate risk and pursue your career interests?

  10. Share Partner with a peer in person or on Teams. Share your saved careers, jobs, and skill interests. Discuss how the skills you learned about in the courses could help you work toward pursuing your saved careers and learning saved skills. Discuss the risks. Help each other identify the career paths that align the most with what you're interested in doing.

  11. Go to LinkedIn. Update your career interests.

  12. Get advice Have career services or your faculty advisor review your careers, jobs, skills, and skill interests. Ask for career suggestions that align with your interests. Ask what skills you need for your career options and how to get them in your studies and in real-world experiences.

Well done! What's the next step in your career journey?

Goals and activities from Career Coach:

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