Majors offer a variety of career opportunities
Let's explore further options and learn what you can do with specific majors.
Most majors offer a variety of options and, as stated previously, a major doesn't limit your career choices. Once you identify some careers and occupations of interest, you will want to learn more about them and perhaps gain some experience as well.
Below are a variety of resources that will help you learn about careers, industries and occupations:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - describes about 250 occupations in the U.S. Descriptions include nature of the work, working conditions, employment training, qualifications, salary and job outlook.
O*Net-"Skills Search" - allows you to explore and identify your skills with an opportunity to consider careers related to your skills.
MyPlan - a comprehensive resource for major, career and industry information
CareerOneStop - learn about careers, find career information and locate career resources and advice.
Princeton Review Careers - allows you to get a career profile and learn about work environment expected path and industry statistics.
Iona College Ryan Library - features many online resources on careers.
Speaking with others about occupations related to careers is an excellent way to gather information. Relatives, friends, neighbors, professors, alumni and employers are some examples of individuals that can all be helpful in sharing their knowledge and insights. These individuals can often refer you to other contacts for advice.
A mentor is a professional that can give you career advice, help you learn about career options and connect you with other professionals. Iona holds an annual "Meet a Career Mentor" event that gives you an opportunity to network with individuals in a variety of career fields. For further information, contact The Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development.
Clubs & Organizations:
Get involved with academic clubs to gain information about career fields. Most clubs feature guest speakers from related industries.
Find websites with professional associations related to a career you are thinking about. These associations have invaluable information about careers within their profession.
Shadowing is spending a day or more with a professional in a work setting. You might observe others at work, help out with a project or attend a meeting. This experience can give you exposure to an industry or career field and give you a better sense of how your skills fit into the work world. Use your networking skills to think about professionals that would be willing to have you shadow them.
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