Discover & Explore

Embark on your journey of self-discovery by assessing and reflecting on your interests, skills, abilities, and values. Explore majors, careers, and organizations that align with professional and personal interests and goals.

Focus 2 Assessment

The Malone Center wants to help you explore how you can apply your unique interests, skills, and values to a career that you’ll enjoy. The Focus 2 assessment allows you to better understand your preferences and personality to build a foundation for further exploration. The main components of the assessment are Work Interests, Values, Personality, and Skills. The access code for Focus 2 is Paladin. Record and analyze your results using our Focus 2 worksheet. If you would like to speak with a career advisor about your results, make an appointment on Handshake.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help. Learn about career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

O*NET Program

The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Through O*NET you can learn standard tasks that you would complete at a job, the education level required for entry into the field, and related occupations. The information O*NET provides can help broaden your understanding of all the jobs you might be qualified for or successful in. O*NET also offers interactive quizzes and activities, such as MyNextMove, to help jump-start your search.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics researches hundreds of occupations in the United States and compiles their findings into the Occupational Outlook Handbook. In the handbook, you can find career information on duties, education or training, pay, and prospects for hundreds of different jobs.

Vault

Vault is a comprehensive resource you can use to research and explore specific companies and industries, as well as view employer rankings and reviews. Vault also provides guidebooks for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more.

Informational Interviews

The best way to learn about a career is to talk to someone who’s actually in it every day! Informational Interviews are also an important networking technique that comes in handy during the job search. View our Informational Interviewing Guide to learn more about the process. Schedule a career advising appointment for tips on how to find relevant contacts and get started.

Informational Interviews can also lead to mentoring opportunities. A mentoring relationship encourages students to discover their strengths, examine their interests, and identify areas for growth within a supportive environment. Students can learn valuable and practical life lessons from a mentor who draws from prior knowledge and experience to help students navigate their own pathway.Visit the Mentoring Office page to learn more about connecting with a mentor in your area(s) of interest.

Make an Appointment

Sometimes the best way to process your career options is by speaking with a career advisor. Make an appointment on Handshake for a time that works with your schedule. If you’d like to know more about the types of topics our Career Advising Team covers in appointments, please check out our Malone Center Advising Appointment Types.

Have questions or need special accommodations? Email career.engagement@furman.edu