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Exploring Majors and Careers

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We're excited to help you explore career options that may or may not be directly linked to your major. Use these recommended resources as a place to start to explore career choices and expand your knowledge about options. Need more help? Visit us during walk in hours or schedule an appointment to learn more about ways to explore careers - from self assessment exercises to internships, networking, volunteering, and more!

LinkedIn - Join the Columbia Alumni Association Network and Ivy Life Columbia to search for alumni by career field and see the professional paths they have taken. Use linkedin.com/alumni to see industries and organizations where alumni from different majors have gone on to work. For tips on LinkedIn, visit Connect with Alumni.

Alumni Profiles - Read success stories from alumni who have generously shared their stories about their professional career, including their career paths since graduating from Columbia University; resources and experiences that have influenced their employment choices; and details about their current positions.

Career Assessment Tools - Assessment tools, like the Strong Interest Inventory, can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and expand your academic and career options. Self-assessment can be conducted informally (through worksheets) or formally through standardized career assessment tools. Working with a counselor on self-assessment is also extremely useful.

US Department of Labor - The US Department of Labor and other government agencies put together useful information for exploring occupations.

  • ACINet - Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Information about occupations, industries, and more.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about hundreds of occupations and the educational paths and experiences that lead to them.
  • O*NET - One of the nation's primary sources of occupational information from the US Department of Labor. Search occupations by skills and interests, as well as educational paths. Under the Crosswalks/Educational Crosswalks link, search your major or prospective major's code here to learn about connected careers.
  • MySkills MyFuture and My Next Move - Two resources from the US Department of Labor. The first helps career changers find careers with similar skills to their last positions, and the second helps people explore what they want to do for a living.
  • America's Virtual One Stop - Research specific occupations, learn about what career best suits you and also explore the current job market where you want to work.
  • Federal Employment Information Fact Sheet - Federal jobs by college major. Keep in mind that you can qualify for a large number of federal jobs with a degree in any academic major.

Academic Invest - Discover careers connected to your interests, skills, or fields of study by searching key words.

Myplan.com - Helps with choosing a major, exploring options, and planning ahead for your career. Offers a comprehensive list of online resources that supply information from "What Can I do with a Major In" to advice on choosing a major and/or career path.

Wetfeet - As a Columbia student, you have access to this rich, comprehensive tool. Use career management guides including "Finding the Right Career Path" and "Careers for Undergraduates" for help with major/career exploration and decision making.

Roadtrip Nation - The Roadtrip Nation Movement exists to support, empower, and encourage individuals who want to define their own roads in life. Explore interviews by career interests or themes like 'making tough choices' and 'defining your road'.

Shatterbox - A video-based social community for students and young professionals to find inspiration and share ideas about innovative careers.

The Career Project - An interactive career profile database that allows you a personal and uncensored look into thousands of real careers and jobs.

Gig Zig - Shows the real relationships between jobs and what those jobs typically pay based on answers submitted by the millions of people who have taken the PayScale salary survey. GigZig™ a job title and find out where your current (or next) gig might take you.

BrainTrack.com - Explores over 400 careers that commonly require higher education for entry or advancement. Summarizes education levels, salaries, personality traits, required skills and more. Lists colleges by career for each US state.

CCE's Industry Exploration Links - Learn about a variety of industries/career fields - and the types of jobs within them - by exploring these links.

CCE's Career Events - Join us at our career fairs, panels, site visits, and more to learn about options and connect with alumni/employers in a range of fields.

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