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Career Services


Student Center 240

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2371

Fax: 605-626-3399




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Career Exploration at Northern


​ Finding your career direction doesn't happen overnight; it requires some effort on your part. Whether you have ideas for your career path or are quite uncertain, there are simple steps to take and interesting tools to use that will help you make sense of the many career and life options available.


Call Career Services (below left) to schedule an appointment to get the process started. We can help you choose a major, select a career field or occupation, and change career directions.


You can also enroll in IDL 192 to structure this process throughout a semester.  Use the hardcopy resources available in the Student Center Career Library. There are job vacancies; help with résumés, letters, interviewing, and job searches; information about jobs in various career fields by major; and information about internships and graduate or professional school.




There are many ways to gather information about what major you might most enjoy studying. One is called The Party. It was developed by John Bolles, author of popular books on career decisions, including What Color Is Your Parachute.

Kuder Journey Program


Many of you are in the process of choosing a major or career path. The Kuder Journey Program will help you along this process. To see how your interests, skills, or values might fit into the world of work, you can use the Kuder Journey program online, whenever and wherever you have internet access. To gain access, just call 605-626-2371 for a brief appointment. We can also arrange for you to shadow or just talk with professionals in your careers of interest, or help you find part-time, internship, or summer jobs to gain some experience in those fields.​





Bolles uses the career themes developed by John Holland to help you begin to narrow your search for career direction. Follow the instructions below and see if this is helpful to you. If not, please call Career Services to make an appointment for some one-to-one consultation about your goals.

Picture yourself entering a party. The room is full of six general groups of people, clustered about the room. Choose which of these groups you would most like to join for conversation first, second, and third. Then, click on the links of your choices to learn about careers, majors, and activities that students with these interests often pursue.
Realistic: People with athletic or mechanical ability who prefer to work with objects, tools, machines, animals, or plants, or to be outdoors
Investigative: People who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.
Artistic: People with artistic, innovative or intuitional abilities who like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.
Social: People who like to work with other people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, and/or who are skilled with words
Enterprising: People who like to work with other people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain
Conventional: People who like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others' instructions