Career Exploration

Undergraduate Student Career Exploration

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The Career Development Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. In fact, we’re here for you from the moment you step foot on campus and will continue to be here for you when you join our ever-growing alumni network. We offer many services to facilitate your major and career choice throughout your lifetimes.


Exploring Career & Occupational Information

There are many resources available to explore career and occupational information. Many of the resources below are used in appointments with students and alumni to learn more about career options for life after college.

What Can I Do With This Major?

The What Can I Do With This Major resource was developed and is maintained by the Center for Career Development at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This resource is used by many university and college career centers around the country, and provides information on career areas, typical employers, and strategies to enter that career area, all by your personalized major. Each major area also includes information on professional associations, occupational outlook, related resources, and employment opportunities.

O*NET OnLine

O*NET OnLine is an application that was created for the general public to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information. O*NET OnLine offers a variety of search options and occupational data, while My Next Move is a streamlined application for students and job seekers. Both applications were developed for the U.S. Department of Labor by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is the government's premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations—such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2016-26 decade.

Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Solutions

It is the mission of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics to develop education, workforce, and employment metrics to inform broad public policy initiatives so that policymakers, practitioners, and the general public can make informed decisions.

Career Outcomes

The Career Development Center has collected data from recent graduating classes to develop a comprehensive career outcomes section on the website. You can learn more about where our graduates work or attend graduate school after crossing the graduation stage.

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Choosing a Career

Choosing a career can seem daunting, but you don't have to embark on the journey alone.

Networking

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines networking as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” Networking is based on the premise of providing and receiving support; both parties profit from the relationship. The old saying goes without question “It is not what you know, but who you know.” We have developed an array of networking resources that will help you network effectively and efficiently.

Informational Interviewing

Do you know which career path you want to pursue? Talk with somebody who is currently employed in that field to gain a better understanding about the career and what it entails. Information interview is a great way to learn more about someone's journey into their chosen career, and will provide you with tips and tricks to be successful in establishing your career. Our comprehensive informational interview guide will provide you with step-by-step information on conducting informational interviews.