Step 4: Career Sampling

Are you uncomfortable with the idea of fully committing to the choice you've just made? The purpose of this fourth step is to help you confirm whether or not your choice is a good fit for you.

Think of this step as a being similar to a trip to an ice cream store. You excitedly enter the ice cream shop only to find yourself quickly overwhelmed by the vast selection of flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, praline, creole cream cheese, peppermint, and that's just the beginning. Waffle cones, sugar cones, cups, toppings. . . the choices seem endless. How do you go about making a decision? Fortunately for you, the person working behind the counter tells you that you can sample the flavors you're considering. So rather than having to guess at what you might like (which is how many people choose their careers), you sample first and then choose. Just as sampling can help you select ice cream, it can help you with a much more important decision-choosing a career path.

To sample a career choice, you need to get some experience in your chosen field. This experience can come in many forms: Internships, part-time jobs, summer jobs, and volunteer positions are all great options, and these positions can be either paid or unpaid.

Individuals interested in volunteer work are encouraged to contact the agencies below to learn more about available opportunities.

Volunteer Ascension (225) 644-7655
Volunteer Baton Rouge (225) 343-8270

After your sampling is complete, your next step is career refinement.