- Leverage 24/7 Online Resources
- Pursue Internships
- Virtual Experiences
- Get Involved
- Ask Alumni
- Connect with Staff and Faculty
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.
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 “Resources” tab in connectSC 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. Many careers require cross-disciplinary skills- feel free to look at a variety of majors that sound interesting to you.
- Career Access Resource Library (CARL): 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 “Resources tab” in connectSC.
- 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.
Forage is an online platform providing free access to Virtual Experience Programs with world-leading companies like JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Accenture, BCG, and Deloitte. These “life-like” opportunities let you sample tasks that provide a better understanding of what it’s like to be a junior employee at that company. Each program takes 5-6 hours to complete and are self-paced. By completing programs, you can build the skills that top employers are looking for, develop your confidence, and improve your practical skills. Some companies provide exclusive opportunities (like online networking events or prioritized internship applications) to students who complete their Virtual Experience Program. Get started here.
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 1,000 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:
- Tips on effective networking to help you get started
- Trojan Network: Contact alumni through our online directory of USC alumni who actively volunteer to assist with career advice and informational interviews.
- Gain Experience Through Projects. Complete short-term projects submitted by USC Alumni to gain hands-on experience. These skill-building projects can range from analyzing data and designing logos/websites to SEO analysis and more. You will work virtually and over a short period of time (2 – 8 weeks), allowing you to balance your projects with school and other extracurricular activities. Log in to your Trojan Network account and click on the ‘Projects’ tab to view what is available.
- 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.
- 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.
- Investigate Industries & Internships (i3): Interact with alumni and industry professionals at these moderated Q&A panels to explore various career paths.
Find a Mentor
- Trojan Network: Our exclusive online mentoring platform is where alumni share their career and industry-related experiences and information. USC students may connect with these alumni for informational interviews, networking, or longer based mentorships. Please review this video regarding Career Readiness – The Importance of Mentors.
- First-Generation Mentor Program: We offer a one-on-one First-Generation Mentor Program to provide exposure to the working world and a focus on professional and career development. Undergraduate students will be paired with USC alumni who were also first-generation college students.
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.