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 and Professional Development Center offers numerous resources and services to assist you with the career exploration process. Explore the tabs below to get started.
Identify Your Interests
One of the first steps in understanding yourself as a professional is to identify your achievements, goals, interests, skills, and strengths. This is referred to as a self-assessment. Utilize MySelf, a self-guided activity, to conduct a self-assessment and determine your skills, strengths, and values.
Assessments can help you to define your interests, preferences, and strengths both professionally and personally. Meet with your career consultant to discuss if one of the assessments would enhance your career exploration journey.
- Strong Interest Inventory
It’s important to communicate your skills, abilities, and accomplishments with others. Check out the resources below to help communicate your personal brand with others.
Explore Your 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.
What Can I Do With this Major?
Discover various career paths based upon your major.
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.
The CPDC Offers You a Choice!
The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) is proud to announce a new service 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.
- Career Exploration [pdf]
- Consulting [pdf]
- Data Science [pdf]
- Diversity & Inclusion [pdf]
- Energy [pdf]
- Federal Government [pdf]
- Finance [pdf]
- Human Resources [pdf]
- Nonprofits & Non-Government Organizations [pdf]
- Publishing [pdf]
- Research [pdf]
- Start-up Companies [pdf]
- Student Athletes [pdf]
- Teaching & Education [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.
- Not sure how to start connecting (networking) with people? Check out My Connections.
- Informational Interview and Job Shadowing Programs
- Search the Alumni Directory to connect with our CMU alumni
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 Salaries and Destinations page.