Explore Options

Explore Career Options that best fit your personality, skills, values, interests and goals to find best fit industries, occupations, and employers. As you learn about career paths of interest, make sure to connect with professionals and test out opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of what you enjoy.

Industries, Career Fields & Occupations

Exploration Tools: Utilize a variety of resources to learn about industries, career fields and occupations through different lenses including pay, work environment, qualifications, and more:

  • "What Can I do With this Major?": Broad brush of information for career fields and occupations
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: The BLS is a unit of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics and serves as a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.  
  • Occupational Information Network: O*Net is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today's world of work in the United States.  
  • ImaginePhD: Geared toward (but not exclusive to) Humanities and Social Science graduate students, this brand new tool offers interest, skill, and values assessments, as well as the ability to connect your results to information about 15 relevant job families. Significant resources are also available for learning about each job family, whether you take the assessments or not. 
  • MyIDP: Focused on science and other STEM careers, MyIDP provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process.

Career Keywords: Keep a record/list of keywords that represent career paths of interest. This could be job families, career clusters, industries, position titles or specific organizations and employers.

Informational Interviewing & Professional Development

Informational Interviewing & Job Shadowing (Alumni & Network): Connect with Notre Dame alumni, as well as other professionals, through events and online resources to learn more about career fields and occupations of interest through informational interviews and job shadowing:

  • LinkedIn: Online professional networking all over the globe (User Guide). Discover people, groups, employers, positions and more.
  • Irish Compass: Notre Dame's official online community driving powerful professional connections within the Notre Dame Network. Connect with alumni, discover career fields and positions, and apply to job postings.
  • Informational Interviewing Guide

Professional Development: Take advantage of internships, volunteering, events/programs (ex. Humanities Without Walls), and other opportunities that can give you an inside look at career fields and occupations:

  • "Career Ready" (National Association of Colleges & Employers): Which skills do you want and need to gain to be competitive?
  • Attend Professional Development Events: Through its Professional Development department, the Graduate School offers workshops and events of particular interest to graduate students. To view and register for upcoming sessions, please check the Professional Development event page on a regular basis. If you have suggestions for events, speakers, workshops or other feedback — or would like to announce your receipt of an external grant or fellowship — please contact the Professional Development team at gradprofdev@nd.edu
  • Leverage Campus Partners