Equipped with a solid 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.
It is important to note that 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:
Through your major, you will develop competencies that will offer you clues to various career options. To explore common career paths according to your major, take advantage of the following resources:
Use 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: Get 24/7 access to 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 building lists of companies. It also includes access to USC libraries.
- External Job Search Sites: Indeed, Idealist (for non-profit jobs), and SimplyHired, among many others sites.
Another great way to learn about careers is to get an internship. 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.
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 this 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: Use the LinkedIn alumni pages to research USC alumni. Explore what alumni majored in at USC, 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.
Connect with Staff and Faculty
Professors and academic advisers can provide insights on the skills and experiences you will develop in your major and how they may transfer into a career.