Once you understand 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. Through your curricular, extracurricular, and internship/work experiences, you will develop competencies that will offer you insight into various career options. To explore common career paths according to your major, take advantage of the resources, advice, and experiences included below.
- 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.
Ask Alumni & Find a Mentor
- Tap into the USC Trojan Family to get career advice. Alumni may offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC to the workplace. Many alumni are excited to give back to current student. Learn more about networking & Mentorship.
Connect with Staff and Faculty
- We encourage you to connect with staff and faculty- they are here to help you! Through working and researching in the field and connecting with alumni over the years working in related areas, they might be able to provide insights on the potential skills and experiences you could develop in your program and how they may transfer into a career. Staff and faculty at USC are very motivated to see students like you succeed and are motivated to help you start exploring potential career paths when they can.