Once you build a stronger understanding of your interests, skills, and knowledge, your next step is to explore related career options. Included below are strategies and resources that will help you obtain information about industries, job descriptions, career pathways, and more.
While exploring common career paths related to your major is a great starting place for career exploration, it is often VERY possible to pursue careers that are not directly related to your academic curriculum. In addition to your major, employers often consider other factors, such as your extracurricular activities, student leadership, additional skill sets, and internship experience when determining your qualifications for a position.
View this quick career exploration video to get started (more videos available through connectSC in the Resources section!):
Through your major, you will develop competencies that will offer you insight to various career options. To explore common career paths according to your major, take advantage of the following resources:
Leverage 24/7 Online Resources
We have many resources available to help you explore careers. The connectSC “Resources” section includes the links below, along with other links that are geared toward specific career areas.
- What Can I Do With This Major: View a list of majors and how they relate to careers.
- Career Access Resource Library: Search a comprehensive online database of curated links to majors, career paths, graduate schools, professional associations, and more.
- O*Net Online: Find detailed career information from the US Department of Labor including required training and education, job duties, related careers, job outlook, and salary.
- Vault Career Guides: Access dozens of guides with in-depth information on various careers, graduate programs, employers, and industries. Complimentary access to Vault is provided through the connectSC “Resources” section.
- LibGuide: Research professional associations, companies, industries, executives or build lists of companies. It also includes access to USC libraries.
- External Job Search Sites: Visit job boards to explore job titles and requirements. Indeed, SimplyHired, Idealist (for non-profit careers), USA Jobs (for Federal government careers), and Dice (for technology jobs) are good places to start learning more.
- LinkedIn Alumni: Use the LinkedIn alumni pages to research USC alumni. Explore what alumni majored in, review their career progression over the years, note what groups they are part of, and more. Using this resource requires a LinkedIn account. Refer to LinkedIn.com’s University Page for more information.
Another great way to learn about careers is to secure an internship in a role or field you might be considering. An internship is a short-term opportunity to get training and hands-on experience in a real work environment in the industry of your interest. Learn more about internships.
Getting involved on campus is a great way to have fun while exploring diverse areas of interest, meet people with similar interests, and gain leadership skills. Explore involvement opportunities by searching the list of more than 800 clubs and student organizations on the USC Student Organizations page.
Tap into the Trojan Family to get career advice. Alumni can offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC to the workplace. Many alumni are excited to give back to current students. This allows you to develop your professional network. To get started, utilize the following resources:
- Candid Career: Watch video clips of USC alumni talking about their career paths. Many of these alumni have volunteered to be a resource and can be contacted through this site.
- Career Network: Contact alumni through our online directory of USC alumni who volunteered to assist with career advice and informational interviews.
- Investigate Industries & Internships (i3): Interact with alumni and industry professionals at these moderated Q&A panels to explore various career paths.
- LinkedIn Alumni: Start asking alumni about their career paths by initiating a LinkedIn connection. Refer to LinkedIn.com’s University Page for tips on how to get started networking.
Connect with Staff and Faculty
Faculty, academic advisors, and staff might be able to provide insights on the skills and experiences you will develop in your major and how they may transfer into a career.
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