Career Exploration

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Career Exploration - Find Your Path

Choosing the right major and career can feel daunting.  Whether you have considered 10 pathways or are trying to settle on your first one, we’re here to help.  The Career Exploration team is available to assist students who are: 

  • Undeclared and looking to select their major 
  • In one major and considering changing to another, or 
  • Have selected their ideal major and are trying to map out what options exist within their career pathway.   

If you’ve struggled with selecting the right path for you, rest assured that you've taken the perfect first step by visiting this site.  Buckle in, get ready, and get excited to gain confidence and career clarity as we walk through your exploration journey together. 

 

What to Expect

Students can schedule a conversation with our team virtually or in person, Monday through Friday through Handshake, Kennesaw State University’s career management system. 

  1. Go to kennesaw.joinhandshake.com.
  2. Select "Career Center."
  3. Select "Appointments."
  4. Click on "Schedule a New Appointment."
  5. Select "Career Exploration appointment with a Career Advisor."
  6. Confirm appointment type.
  7. Select your preferred time and date from the available slots.
  8. Input your preferred appointment medium (virtual or in person), as well as a brief description of what we can help you with.
  9. Click on "Request."

During the meeting, we’ll ask about your path so far, as well as general areas you’ve considered for the future.  No two appointments are the same because no two individuals are the same.  But we can guarantee that our goal will be to help you take one step at a time by providing practical advice and exposure to career exploration resources.  We’re with you every step of the way. 

 

How We Can Help

Career exploration is a process, and the Career Exploration Team is here to help! We can assist KSU students with:

  • Deciding on a major 
  • Deciding between majors 
  • Exploring career options 
  • Helping you understand your unique skills and talents 
  • Discovering what is important to you in your career 
  • Understanding how you can find a career that encompasses your values, interests, and skills

 

Key Resources

There are plenty of great tools that can assist you in your career exploration. Below are some of the key resources and tools used by the Career Exploration Team. 

We invite you to use these tools and share your results with a Career Exploration Advisor!

  • Zippia
    • Offering career exploration by major, job title, or company.
  • What Can I Do With My Major?
    • Explore possible roles, industries, and strategies for work aligned with your major.
  • O*Net
    • Discover what you like to do, what interests you in a career, and how this can help inform your career choice.
  • My Next Move
    • Search for pathways based on career titles, industries, and your interests.
  • How to Become
    • Have a job title in mind? Learn about the education, certifications, and skills needed to make this a reality.
  • YouScience
  • Career Bliss
    • Research jobs, salaries, and companies so you can make an informed choice on your pathway.

 

Meet the Team

 

Name
Position
  • Scott Curley

    Scott Curley Assistant Director, Career Advising and Planning

    Scott CurleyPosition:
    Assistant Director, Career Advising and Planning

    Phone: (470) 578-6555
    Email: scurley@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 3525


    Scott graduated from a local high school and entered Kennesaw State University as a freshman with the dream of becoming a band director.  He got turned off from this plan when looking into salary ranges for teachers and switched to Undeclared while taking general education core classes.  Without having a vision for the future, Scott struggled with motivation, failed a class, got a D in another, and lost the HOPE scholarship, then made the tough decision to step away from school.  After 7 months out of school and some serious soul searching, Scott returned with fresh motivation and renewed optimism.  After taking Intro to Psychology, Scott discovered a love for psychology and a passion for helping people. After graduation and accepting his first full-time position, this passion led Scott to pursue a Master of Education degree and career in Higher Education, where he has served in areas such as academic advising, financial aid, and career services. He is now in a role he loves and gets to do work that matters to him on a daily basis.  He loves sharing his own experiences with exploration with students and is excited to get to play a small part in the exploration process for others.
  • Lizy Hurland

    Lizy Hurland Career and Internship Advisor

    Lizy HurlandPosition:
    Career and Internship Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-6555
    Email: ehurland@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 3625


    Lizy is from Mississippi, where she spent her high school and undergraduate years focused on becoming a theatrical performer. She was discouraged by the lack of stability and decided to pair her theatre degree with a degree in business administration with a focus in management. After graduation she had developed a love for organization, helping others, and advocating for the underserved; but was not sure how that could translate to a career. She had also worked a variety of experiences, including athletic training, tutoring, technical theatre, and legislative services. Soon after, she was hired for her first position in Higher Education as an administrative assistant, where she recognized the joy of helping students and spent a couple of years trying to figure out her next career move. Thanks to her friends and colleagues, she realized that a Master of Social Work would allow her to channel her skills and passions into a variety of career opportunities. Now she gets to utilize her love for helping and her talent for connecting with people by helping students discover their career path. She hopes that her various experiences will help students recognize that there are always more opportunities to be found.
  • Danielle Sands

    Danielle Sands Career and Internship Advisor

    Danielle SandsPosition:
    Career and Internship Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-6555
    Email: dsands6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 3600G


    Danielle entered college from a small town in rural Georgia and found herself starting at Kennesaw State University without a clear career path or dream job in mind. She found herself feeling overwhelmed because there were so many majors to choose from, and it was discouraging because it felt like everyone else knew which direction they were headed in. Despite these thoughts, she remained hopeful that she would end up where she was meant to be and decided that a great first step would be to get an on-campus job. Through her work as a three-year Student Assistant with the Department of Career Planning and Development and a two-year Resident Assistant in the KSU dorms, Danielle found a love for working in higher education. She had always been passionate about working with, guiding, and helping others, so this led her to officially declare Psychology as her major. After graduating, Danielle was hired into her current role as a Career Exploration Advisor. Here she gets to incorporate her passion for creative planning and her love for helping students navigate their career path. She hopes that sharing her own experiences and struggles when choosing a major and career can help others not feel alone in this process.

 

What Students Have to Say

“I loved my experience with the career exploration team specifically with one of the career advisors. I have spent multiple hours with various advisors from Kennesaw but the most direct and informative information I was ever able to get I received from the career exploration team. I started my exploration process feeling very lost and confused and scared of not being able to find a career that would really fit who I am and my interests. However, one of the members of this team helped me regain the confidence and excitement in me that had been lost in my confusion about what career pathway to take. They helped me make a list of all the things I loved, disliked, and the must-haves in a career, and from there we were able to explore various career pathways that eventually led me to discover what major was right for me. I was so happy to finally have an advisor who had a love and passion for their job and that they were able to share that with me by helping me through this difficult time. I went from being lost to having regained my passion all in a matter of a few weeks.” - SP, sophomore 

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