Your Interests

The secret to finding a fulfilling career lies in identifying the things you already like to do—in other words, your interests.

The CDC can help you start identifying your interests and figuring out how to turn them into a career.

Getting Started

As you prepare to visit the CDC, use the following questions to help you start thinking about your interests.

What are your favorite classes?

Think about your classes: which are the ones you actually look forward to? The ones you never skip? Whether you love spending time in the chemistry lab or live for studying art history, figuring out which classes you enjoy the most can give you a starting point for career exploration.

What topics could you talk endlessly about?

Maybe you love dishing about the latest fashion trends with your friends. Or maybe you never pass up the chance to talk politics. Whatever the subject, if you can talk all day about it and never get bored, it’s a good place to start thinking about your career options.  

What do you do when you have free time?

Imagine you have a day all to yourself—no school, work, or family obligations. What would you choose to do? The things you like to do when you don’t have to do anything are good indicators of your interests.

What do you want to learn more about?

What subjects do you wish you knew more about? Which ones make you curious and motivated to learn more? From criminology to web design, identifying the topics that pique your interest can give you insight into what career might be a good fit for you.

Ready for the next step? Schedule a visit to the CDC to get started on the Strong Interest Inventory®, which will help you identify your interests and understand how they relate to different careers.

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Nikki explains how the CDC helped her identify her interests and choose a major.

Your interests are just one of the dimensions of self that should guide your career exploration.