Office of Career Services

Researching Career Options

Career Services provides resources for exploring the many career options in the world of work.

Resource Center

Read more than 500 career-related print publications in our in-house library.

Post-Graduate Survey

Get ideas for possible career options from the pursuits of previous Southwestern graduates.

LinkedIn Alumni Tool

Explore Southwestern alumni career paths and build relationships that can help you along the way. See where graduates live, the organizations they work for, and the types of jobs they’ve had. For step-by-step directions, click here .

Major Possibilities

Get inspiration to craft your own career path. While major does not equal career, having an interest in a certain group of courses may mean you would also have an interest in certain types of work. Be sure to look at multiple majors that look interesting, since many careers can connect with more than one major.

Fine Arts

Humanities

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

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Internet Links

There are thousands of websites that offer information about particular occupations. Some specific sites that may help you explore are:

America’s Career InfoNet - A parternship between federal and state agencies, this organization offers information on the process of career exploration as well as occupational outlooks and trends and numerous other tools.

GlassDoor.com - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets us apart is our “employee generated content” – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves. 

HowtoBecome.com- Detailed information on more than 500 careers, including advice from people working in those fields.

Choosing a Major or Occupation - Article from Florida State University explaining the career decision-making process.

How to Research Companies on LinkedIn - Did you know you can search for companies as well as individuals on LinkedIn? Some helpful suggestions here.

Research the Company before the Job Interview - From the Wall Street Journal

BrainTrack’s US Colleges and Career Guide - In-depth US college and career profiles as well as degree and wage statistics for over 300 occupations that commonly require college or university education.

JobShadow.com - Read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have to explore career options. 

LexisNexis - This academic research database includes a component for conducting company research, as well as a news search.

LinkedIn.com - This fast-growing site features thousands of company profiles.  Also, looking at individuals’ profiles can help you identify common career paths in particular industries.

MyNextMove - Interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about career options. Find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on your interests and level of work experience. My Next Move is developed and maintained under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). 

O*NET - The Occupational Information Network makes occupational information interactive and accessible for all. Research occupations using keywords or search for occupations that match your skills.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes this document annually. Browse by alphabetical order or occupational cluster for abundant information on different occupations, including projected growth/decline, salaries, qualifications and descriptions.

The Riley Guide’s Research and Target Employers and Locations - A comprehensive collection of links to help you research employers and occupations to explore career options and prepare for a job search