Personal Academic and Career Exploration Seminar - PACES


  • Career planning is a process. The more time you spend planning the better your decision-making and the happier you can be with your decisions
  • Often influences who you will marry
  • How many children you will have
  • What your lifestyle will be
  • Where you will live
  • What kind of retirement you will have. In other words, your overall happiness and quality of life
  • You will spend 88,000 hours of your life working. That translates into 10 years working 24 hours straight. Make the correct decision earlier
  • 40 million people switch jobs every year. Prepare for changes in the world of work. Perhaps even learn to be ahead of the change curve
  • The average 17-24 year old will change careers 5-7 times before age 40
  • Approximately 50% of US workers are temporary or contractual


  • Wrong choices, dead ends that cost you time and money
  • Increases the need for retraining and re-education
  • Wasted time and effort
  • Stress and depression from a lack of feeling fulfilled at work


Use your college education/coursework as a platform to build a well-rounded academic base to prepare you for all the fluctuations that occur in the world of work. Identify that your college major is only one component of your career planning process. It is also important to be aware that there exists a myth that majors and careers are parallel and not fluid.  Acknowledging this myth is paramount to successful career planning.   When employers are questioned about what they look for in prospective employees, they answer that individuals' skills are more significant than their major.   75% of today's college students will be working in jobs that do not even exist yet – What major can prepare you for the that? Identify your passion.

When using the Web Activities, several helpful steps should be followed
  • All these assignments should first be printed out on paper, unless your advisor has given you a printed copy.
  • For ease, you should follow along with the script written on the screen.
  • The assignments on the screen have built-in links to other Web sites that you need to use.
  • Still, write your responses on the paper copy you have printed or have been given.
  • It is highly recommended that you set up an appointment with your advisor and discuss your results.

When you finish a Web Activity, please set-up a meeting with your advisor to discuss your efforts. Through such meetings, you can clarify your concerns and possible areas of misunderstanding, so laying the groundwork for the next steps in the exploration process.

It is possible that you can only complete parts of a Web Activity. Information on the Web cannot fully answer the unlimited number of questions you might have about your exploration. If you encounter difficulty in completing a Web Activity, see your advisor. They want to help you; however, please remember the time before and after registration for classes is the best time to see your advisor about these issues. Your advisor will be able to spend more time with you and discuss the implications of your exploration more easily during the non-registration period.

Shippensburg Library is designed by Shippensburg University Libraries to help you learn how to use Web and conduct successful searches.