Before you can start applying to jobs and internships, examine your interests and explore all of the work opportunities that align with those interests. Career planning is a lifelong process, and it is never too early to start.
If you are just starting to consider your career options, having the right information can help you make better decisions. Learn about strategies and resources to begin your career research, and explore by:
- Your major or area of study
Even though your major does not determine your exact career path, this can be a great starting point when you are unsure what jobs relate to your undergraduate major.
- Occupation interest area
Expand your search beyond just your major and explore job titles, career options, campus organizations and professional associations by approximately 20 occupation areas.
Factors to Consider
There are many factors to consider when exploring your potential career options such as:
Job TitlesThe perfect job for you may be known by several different titles. What jobs lead to this career goal? Where do you go if you want to specialize or advance? These resources can help address these questions.
Transferable SkillsTransferable Skills are qualities that can be transferred from one job to another, such as Communication and Leadership skills. Evaluate the skills you have gained in your academic coursework, activities, internships, volunteering, and jobs. Complete our skills inventory.
Work EnvironmentIs it important for you to be moving and active at work? At a desk all day? Using your body as well as your brain? Do you have any physical limitations in a workplace? Will you need any accommodations in your job?
Workplace AccommodationsThe website Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides an “A to Z List of Disabilities and Accommodations” as well as specific links to learn more about job accommodation, adaptive technology and related topics.
Working in Other CountriesIf your career goals involve working outside the United States, you will need to research the requirements and work permits for your country of interest. The Global Learning Hub is an excellent resource to start with.
International students looking for work or internships outside the United States and not in their home country, should first discuss visa requirements with advisers at the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars.
Job Market TrendsAre there job openings in your field? Are openings replacing retirees or growing? Where are the job openings? What is the typical pay range? Check out these resources for both national and state-by-state trends.
Focus Your Options
After you have researched potential careers by your major or interest area, it is time to focus your career options. Get information about networking opportunities, potential employers, and ways to find job and internship opportunities.