Resources for you to explore your career options.
When considering your future plans after graduation, you will engage in the process of career exploration. The process of career exploration includes:
- Learning about yourself and your skillset
- Identifying and exploring satisfying occupations
- Developing a strategy to reach your goals
The Career & Professional Development Center offers numerous resources and services to assist you with the career exploration process. Explore the tabs below to get started.
Explore Your Interests & Options
You may be curious how your skills and academic experiences translate into a career. The resources below will help you to investigate various career paths and job families that align with your transferable skill set.
Explore your career with this guide and assessment tool whether you are undeclared, not sure what to do with your current major, or thinking of switching majors.
Browse hundreds of occupational definitions to help you understand today's world of work.
My Next Move
Search for various career paths based on your skill set, industry, or personal interests.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Review the U.S. Department of Labor’s publication that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles
This is the complete Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) revised fourth edition, as supplied electronically by the US Dept. of Labor, provided, as a public service, by ITA, makers of DOTand O*Net for Windows.
The CPDC Offers You a Choice!
The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) offers, for undergraduate students: Specialty Area Advising allows you as the student the opportunity to meet with a Career Consultant outside your assigned major. Specialty Area Advising is a resource designed to help you find opportunities and information for a wide variety of topics and fields, especially in industries that do not rely on college recruiting.
- Consulting [pdf]
- Data Science [pdf]
- Diversity & Inclusion [pdf]
- Energy [pdf]
- Federal Government [pdf]
- Finance [pdf]
- Green Careers
- Human Resources [pdf]
- Nonprofits & Non-Government Organizations [pdf]
- Publishing [pdf]
- Research [pdf]
- Start-up Companies [pdf]
- Student Athletes [pdf]
- Education K-12 [pdf]
Learn what types of jobs, internships, and graduate programs CMU students have pursued by clicking here.
Connect & Talk to People
An essential step in your career journey is to grow your network, a.k.a your connections, and get your story out there. Utilizing your connections allows you to learn more about the industry and jobs/internships you may be interested in. The CPDC offers various programs and resources to help you connect with people in various industries.
Consider Graduate School
If you’re interested in applying to graduate school, review the CPDC’s resources below to help assist you with researching and applying to graduate school programs.
Whether you are attending graduate school directly after you graduate or are taking a year off, review these success guides for helpful tips and suggestions.
Need assistance researching which graduate school program is best for you? Use the websites below to search for programs by location, program, or keyword.
Learn what types of graduate programs CMU students have pursued by checking out our Outcomes page.