Career Navigator

Navigate your career journey with confidence and ease using this comprehensive resource packed with insights, tools, and personalized guidance.
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Welcome to the Career Navigator

Figuring out career options and finding a job require careful planning and thought. This long process can also be overwhelming, especially if you’re going through it on your own. This is where the Career Navigator comes in–designed to provide you with helpful resources and prompts for reflection at each step of career planning, you can follow the chapters at your own pace. Depending on where you are in your career journey, you can also skip to specific chapters.

Explore exciting physicist careers, meet professionals in various fields, and find your perfect fit. Your career journey begins here!

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Most students develop expertise with a great variety of scientific instruments, techniques, and problem solving approaches.

Experts estimate that over 80% of jobs are found through networking.

Use informational interviews to figure out if you’re interested in a specific career path, and what the work and life might be like within it.

Discover how making the best use of job boards and job fairs can advance your career.

When you uncover a job opportunity that aligns with your skills, you will need to put together a resume to include with your application.

If your resume has done its job, you will be contacted about an interview.

A job search may take several tries, so try, try again.

Career Navigator workbook

As a supplement to the Career Navigator online, you can download and fill out the Career Navigator workbook to track your career goals and journal about your ideas.


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