Find Your Career Path
Here are several ways to gain more information about possible career paths:
Visit O*NET to gather information on different careers and to see if they are a good fit for you.
Use the keyword search box at the top right to search careers by title. Use the advanced search page to look for occupations by interest area identified by the Strong Interest Inventory.
Veterans: visit My Next Move for assistance on identifying careers similar to your military job and the Military Crosswalk Search to search codes or titles from the Military Occupational Classification and identify similar civilian jobs.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook for information on different types of jobs, including what you would do on the job,median pay, and at what rate the career is growing.
Use the “Search Handbook” box on the top right, or use the "Occupation Groups" index on the left to browse lists of similar occupations.
Talk to a Career Counselor
Remember, your future career may be unique enough to not be profiled on a federal database, or may not even exist yet. Talk to one of our Career Counselors who can help you one-on-one to find your direction and appropriate career path.
UNC Alumni Survey
UNC surveys recent graduates each year to obtain information about career and graduate education placement. Follow the link below and scroll down to "UNC Alumni Survey."
Career assessments can provide you with useful feedback about yourself, language to describe your personality and strengths, and major and career options to consider.
Professional Associations & Government Information Sites
View a list of professional associations, government information sites, and job boards organized by major/industry. These links are a great start to exploring what potential occupations offer as well as what organizations may provide internships and/or employment.
View college overall performance data for colleges in the United States at CollegeMeasures.org.
Performance measures include:
- Graduation Rate
- First-Year Retention Rate
- Cost per Student
- Cost per Degree
- Cost of Attrition
- Student Loan Default Rate
- Ratio of Student Loan Payments to Earnings per Recent Graduates
Informational Interviews are conversations with individuals who work for the programs, jobs, or organizations in which you are interested. Informational Interviews help you:
- Gather information about an organization, job, and related professional concerns
- Confirm your understanding of the requirements and daily operations of the job and organization
- Learn about the professional language and culture of the job and organization
- Create contacts and build relationships with people in your career field
- Learn to present yourself more effectively in future job interviews
- Gain self-confidence
To further discuss Informational Interviews or to gain assistance in setting up, preparing for, and completing an Informational Interview, set up an appointment with a Career Counselor.
Job shadowing is another great way to network and to see if you may enjoy a particular occupation. If you make a professional connection with someone who has a job you are interested in, ask if they will let you spend a day with them at work.
Through spending the day with a professional, you can get a good sense of their work environment, learn about the skills and training you would need, and whether or not the job would be a good fit for you. You may even hear about potential job or internship opportunities!