Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Career Decision Making

The following model, called the "5 Es of Career Development," will help you make career decisions.

EVALUATE your values, interests, personality & skills

  • What is important to you? (complete Values Worksheet)
  • What are your interests? (complete the Career Liftoff in our office – this assessment will provide you with a listing of possible careers and majors that are a good fit based on your answers to this assessment)
  • Describe your personality (take the MBTI personality assessment in our office)
  • What are your skills?
  • What, if any, are your barriers to employment? How can you overcome them? (If you aren’t sure, schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in our office to discuss)

EXPLORE career options and majors

  • What types of careers will allow you to express your values or at the very least won't conflict with them?
  • What jobs do you find interesting? (Look over your Career Liftoff printout)
  • Do they match your personality?
  • Do you have the skills needed? If not, can you get them?
  • Identify an employment or career goal (keep in mind that it will likely change)
  • What major(s) will allow you to achieve your career goal?

EXPERIENCE it to help clarify and confirm your career goal

  • Is there a way to try the job out to make sure it is a good fit for you?
    - Internship or part-time job
    - Temp or employment agency
    - Volunteer
    - Anything that will help you gain skills that you will need

Employers seek graduates with “real world/hands-on” experience – so don’t miss this critical step in your career development.


  • Develop an employment action plan to focus your job search
  • Use effective job search strategies (click on the "Job Search" link at left for tips)
  • Research potential employers to make sure they are a good fit for you and to assure your success in an interview
  • Resumes, cover letters and applications (click on the "Resumes/Cover Letters link at left for more information)
  • Interview (click on the "Interviewing Skills" link at left for more information)
  • Follow-up with employers



  • Make a commitment to being a life long learner
  • Continually update your skills - take advantage of all training opportunities
  • Be flexible, adaptable, and open to change
  • Learn everything you can about the industry in which you have an interest; learn about the labor market and economy
  • Remember that employers look for the well-rounded graduate – so build your leadership skills, embrace diversity and be prepared for today’s global economy.

Remember: Career Development is a life-long, cyclical process - NOT a one-time event.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL