Explore Your Interests / Self Assessment

Are you still exploring your interests, weighing which of your interests to pursue, or considering post-Harvard options? Welcome! Exploration, fostering lifelong curiosity, and building a broad intellectual foundation are at the root of Harvard’s liberal arts & sciences core. 

Within the Exploration community you will have access to resources to guide you through self-discovery, exploring careers and interests, designing your Harvard experience to make it unique to your needs, skill development, and making decisions. 

Learning about who you are and how you want to make an impact is a great place to begin. Career choices that combine your skills, interests, values, and personality are likely to be a good fit. Exploring your personal, academic, and career interests enables you to begin to develop career goals. Reflecting on experiences in your classes, work, internships, student groups, and community will generate many interesting options to consider and learn more about.

Once you have some ideas about what can come next, you’re ready to take steps forward!

Apply to Attend Design Nation, the Only All-Expenses-Paid Design Conference for Undergraduates!

The nation’s only all-expenses paid design conference for undergraduates.
Apply by 11:59 PM EST 12/31

Design Nation (link) is the nation’s only all-expenses-paid two day conference for undergraduate students in the heart of NYC. It is an exploration of the …

By Anthony Arcieri
Anthony Arcieri Anthony Arcieri, Director of Undergraduate Career Advising and Programming, Architecture, Engineering, Environment Advising
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Explore & Experience in January!

Harvard College encourages undergraduates to take time during the Winterbreak to refresh and recharge. OCS is one of numerous Harvard centers and departments that offer some limited programming during the Winterbreak and Wintersession periods.

Winterbreak

Undergraduate students who wish to …

By Anthony Arcieri
Anthony Arcieri Anthony Arcieri, Director of Undergraduate Career Advising and Programming, Architecture, Engineering, Environment Advising
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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Applications for the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) are available today through January 27th.    

Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program, with …

By Anthony Arcieri
Anthony Arcieri Anthony Arcieri, Director of Undergraduate Career Advising and Programming, Architecture, Engineering, Environment Advising
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Explore occupations by career categories and pathways and use real time labor market data to power your decision making.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Skill Building Courses

Discover & Communicate Personal Values

Henna Inam
Inspirational leaders can create transformation within themselves and their teams, in the form of pursuing services and missions that matter.…

Successful Goal Setting

Careercake
Even your loftiest goals are possible if you approach them strategically. In this course, join Aimee Bateman as she shares…

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