Researching Career Options
The Center for Career & Professional Development provides resources for exploring the many career options in the world of work.
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.
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.
- Classics, Greek and Latin
- Communication Studies
- Applied Physics (Pre-Engineering)
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Mathematics and Computer Science
There are thousands of websites that offer information about particular occupations. Some specific sites that may help you explore are:
CareerOneStop.org - 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.
JobShadow.com - Read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have to explore career options.
LearningExpress - Interactive learning platform that provides a comprehensive selection of resources for skills mastery, academic success, graduate school, job preparation, and career advancement. Free to SU students, faculty and staff.
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.