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Guides to Navigating Majors & Careers

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In this Guide:

  • Choosing a Major
  • Researching Careers

 

Choosing a Major

  • Check out “What Can I Do With This Major?” This tool will help connect your major with possible careers. It lists areas you may wish to pursue along with employers and strategies to land a job in that field.
  • Engage in discussions with fellow students about what they like and dislike about their majors, as well as requirements and favorite courses.
  • Check out the Rutgers academic department websites. Review information on majoring in that discipline, courses offered, and faculty.
  • Talk to your academic advisor or dean to make sure you are aware of the requirements for completing your chosen major.
  • Meet with a career development specialist to discuss majors that interest you and how you'll develop skills that relate to the world of work.

Researching Careers

Learn about careers by engaging in discussions with family, friends, faculty, and fellow students and through the following resources:

  • Rutgers Student-Alumni Career Connections - a database of alumni who have volunteered to share their career experiences. Reach out to them, inquire about their career paths, and note the career paths of those in your major. The most valuable learning will come from information interviews, which you can arrange with alumni working in areas you would like to explore.
  • Identify resources offered in specific industries, such as professional associations, or in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Determine whether a graduate degree is necessary to pursue the careers you are exploring.
  • Gather information at career and internship fairs, employer networking and information sessions, and alumni career and networking events.
  • Talk to a career development specialist about ways to research fields of interest.