Career exploration involves building self-knowledge and learning about career options. We’re here to help you navigate this process.

This page has resources to get you started.

  • Use the activities in the Explore section in Design Your Next Steps to reflect on your identities, interests, preferences, and strengths as they relate to your career.
  • Explore the other resources on this page to learn about major-to-career connections, industries, peer experiences, career assessments, and connecting with alumni.

No matter where you are in this process, we’re here to help! Visit us and meet with a career counselor to discuss your learning and next steps.

Wondering how your choice of major may relate to your future career? There are few straight lines between major and career. Employers consider your experience both inside and beyond the classroom.

Whether you are searching for an internship or job in your chosen field, or are still exploring careers, these pages will get you started. 

Whether you have many years of experience or are unsure of your career direction, we can partner with you to develop awareness of your skills, values, interests, and personality traits. Understanding more about each of these areas can help you identify your career interests and next steps.

Columbia University has a vibrant alumni community with interesting, accomplished, and varied careers. Building relationships with alumni is a great way to learn, create a supportive professional community for yourself, and discover hidden opportunities. This page will walk you through some of the ways to connect with alumni.

Interested in hearing about your peers’ experiences in their internships? Want to learn about the successes of your classmates? Student experiences give you a glimpse of various opportunities you can participate in!