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Develop Self Understanding through Social Engagement

Reflecting on your relationships is essential to self-understanding and in finding a life/career path. Sometimes you might need to reflect on your current relationships (e.g. how do your family and friends impact your life/career path) and sometimes you need to build relationships (e.g. occupational interviews, networking, etc.).
Family and friends button Your family and friends play crucial roles in the development of your values, beliefs, abilities, interests, personality, and more. Career counseling can help you make meaning of how your family and social relationships are part of your life/career path.
Life roles button You might live many of the following roles: student, parent, child, sibling, spouse, partner, friend, employee, church member, club member, etc. These are just some of the many social roles we have throughout our lifetimes. These life roles can significantly impact your life/career path because balancing them in meaningful ways takes time and effort. Reflecting on how these roles play out in your life can be essential in finding a path that fits you.
Networking button Networking allows you to build more personal and professional relationships with those around you. Finding your life/career direction does not occur in isolation. Those in your network (e.g. family, friends, coaches, teachers, church members, co-workers, etc.) can help you on your way. Building your network in purposeful ways can allow you to find employment and more importantly, a life/career direction that is meaningful to you and based in a supportive community. It is important to not use people in your network to do your life/career exploration and job search for you. They are sources of information, support, and referrals. You still must perform the actions needed to successfully build your life/career path.
Occupational interviews button Occupational interviews occur when you interview a professional in the field you are interested in. These interviews often allow you to learn more of the "behind-the-scenes" aspects of the career. Additionally, interviewing someone in the field builds your network. Many professionals are happy to share their experience with you and they want to help others who have similar interests and aspirations as them.

Overall the key concept in this section is that you are connected to others. These connections can sometimes hold you back and they can sometimes move you forward. Adjusting your relationships or building new relationships can help you find your life/career path. Career counselors can help you understand yourself, your relationships, and they can guide you in building new relationships.


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