Taking the time to research different careers will
enable you to make better decisions when applying to
internship or job opportunities. It is important to
utilize alumni, professors, family members, and friends
in discovering careers and what they entail.
Services can help you assess your skills and interests,
pinpoint careers, and give you additional resources to
Understanding your own skills, interests, values,
and personality is the first step toward satisfying
work. Through a careful self-assessment, you
can begin to identify careers and industries to
explore. Developing your self-awareness can be
as formal as taking a personality or interest
inventory or as informal as participation in
volunteer work to explore a new interest.
People who are in satisfying careers that match
their talents, personalities and goals usually
achieve a higher level of success, and lead
healthier and more satisfying lives. Here are
some suggestions that will help you learn more about
yourself and begin to link this knowledge to
possible career paths.
with a Career Counselor to discuss careers
that interest you, to reflect on your skills, to
discern your ideal work environments, and to
consider which rewards are most important to you
in a job.
- Inquire about the Strong Inventory or
the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
two assessments offered by Alumni Career Services.
Other Assessment Resources
Research - Exploring Careers
After learning more about yourself, you’re better
prepared to explore careers and how they match your
specific interests, skills, values, and personality. To
determine which career fields may be a good fit, you
must do your homework. This involves researching the
workplace – specifically, the knowledge, skills,
abilities, interests, and work values that are
associated with various jobs.
Vary your research methods: read about careers, talk to
people in jobs and industries that appeal to you, and
gain hands-on experience to explore at a deeper level. A
thorough and varied exploration will offer you the
following rewards: a clearer focus for your
career-decision making, a more targeted and manageable
job search, rich information to leverage in cover
letters and interviews, and finally - work that you
love. You can get started with the following resources:
- CareerSearch - this database of over 4
million firms is searchable by location, industry,
keyword, and is an excellent tool for developing
your target list of employers. Log into the
Tufts Career Advisory
Network (Tufts CAN) and select "Other Alumni
Career Resources" on the left sidebar to access.
Can I Do With This Major?" is a tool that will help
you connect your major with possible careers. It lists
areas you may wish to pursue along with employers and
strategies to land a job in that field.
- employment opportunities and job resources on the
- WetFeet -
provides profiles of companies, careers, and
Trade and Business press articles - full text
articles available through the Online Community
Professional and Trade Associations - The ASAE
as an excellent searchable database
- Careers A-Z
(below) - Recommended links for researching careers & job
listings by career field
Below are the recommended sites for researching
careers and finding links to internships and job
listings by career field. Some links also contain
related career resources for the particular field.
Not finding the field you're looking for?
Let us know and we can research it for you!
Tufts Career Advisory Network
Advisory Network (Tufts CAN) is a great resource for you to
use to talk to alumni about their careers. Search a
database of more than 9,000 alumni for information
about majors, careers, employers, and graduate degrees.