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Career Development Center

Career Planning

Career Action Plan

The University of Montevallo Career Development Center provides comprehensive assistance and resources to help students with their career planning, professional development, and job market strategies. Through career counseling and a variety of professional tools, we will help to ensure your career success.

We are committed to assisting students with developing a career plan and also finding meaning and purpose in life through their chosen vocation. Students are encouraged to discover and identify their personal traits while exploring their career options.


Career Action Plan
My Plan | What Can I Do With This Major
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Ship | Mapping Your Future
Professional Resources
Interest Skills Values

MISSION | The University of Montevallo Career Development Center promotes student success by providing exemplary programs, services, and resources that empower students to explore, define, and pursue meaningful employment in an ever-changing job market and workplace.

VISION | As a result of a comprehensive career planning and professional development process, integral to the overall college experience, all UM students will be focused, well prepared, fully equipped, and actively sought by employers.

Passion | Talent | Purpose

What kind of mindset do you have regarding your future? For you, is it all about employment or advancement? Are you job-oriented or career-oriented? Are you simply hunting for a job or are you planning your career? Are you seeking a career that is in line with your calling?

How will you know you’ve made the right choice regarding your career path or your academic major? Typically, successful people (who are happy, satisfied, and productive) engage in careers that match their personality. They choose a profession that aligns with their passion, talent and purpose. Their career choice matches their interests, skills and values.

PASSION | Does my career path match my interests? Am I engaged in tasks that I love to do? Do I enjoy my work? Does my work energize and enrich my life?

TALENT | Does not career path match my skills and abilities? Am I engaged in tasks that I am good at? Does my work make the best use of my strengths. Does my work give me a sense of success, achievement, and accomplishment.

PURPOSE | Does my career path match my values, principl.es and beliefs? Am I engaged in tasks that I consider to be important and essential? Does my work satisfy my needs? Is my work meaningful?

Career Action Plan
My Plan | What Can I Do With This Major
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Ship | Mapping Your Future
Professional Resources
Interest Skills Values

Explore | Examine | Engage | Execute

Career planning is integral to the overall educational experience. It is an intentional process of self-discovery, exploration, decision-making, planning, and preparation that is best conceptualized by the following model:

EXPLORE | Freshman
Explore your options and choose a career path. Students begin to engage in a process of self-awareness, exploration, discernment, and design.

EXAMINE | Sophomore
Research your options and finalize your career path. Students  more closely examine their individual process and refine their individual paths.

ENGAGE | Junior
Get involved in worthwhile activities and gain experience in functions, tasks, and projects relevant to your chosen career. Students engage in co-curricular and professional activities that support their career path.

EXECUTE | Senior
Pursue and obtain a meaningful career opportunity. Students assemble the tools and resources needed to enter the job market and launch their career campaign.

Career Planning
Career Exploration
College Experience
Job Market Strategies