Sean Baxter

Step 1: Define your passion. Step 2: How do you make money in your defined passion? Step 3: How much money would you realistically make? Step 4: Are you happy with the results of these questions? If yes, you are done. If not, repeat step 1 with the next passion in your heart. Sean Baxter Theater; Interactive Design Engineer at Hewlett-Packard

Find out more about your career options by researching industries. You can do this by connecting with professionals, reading online resources, and gaining hands-on experience through the UVA Career Communities, volunteering, clubs, and internships.


Connecting with those that you admire, know, and trust can open your eyes to trends, perspectives, and opportunities in your desired career field. Learn more about Networking >

Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is the process of gathering career information from people who are already working in occupations, organizations, or geographic locations you find interesting. Learn more about Informational Interviewing >

Online Resources

The Univeresity of Virginia Career Center recommends the following resources (and more!) to help students with industry research. 

  • Career Insider by VAULT: Download Vault guides to learn more about a certain industry, including employment and earnings statistics and what employers look for in job candidates. Access this resource in Handshake by selecting the Resources tab, then selecting the Career Exploration section. 
  • Occupational Outlook HandbookMaintained and updated by the U.S. Department of Labor, the handbook provides in-depth information on hundreds of careers. This tool allows a lot of flexibility in searching and provides a basic understanding of the basic educational, and experiential requirements for entry into various fields. The handbook is also incredibly useful for learning about overall industry trends like average salaries, rates of growth for occupations, and geographical locations for occupations.
  • The Riley GuideRiley Guide is a great overall career resource and provides a lot of industry specific information. Similar to both the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net in versatility but with some unique features as well.

Career Communities

You can visit our community pages to research industries, find opportunties, and explore resources releated to your interest areas. 

Academic Resources

Barbara Weckstein Kaplowitz UVA '79

If you think you have a good idea of what you'd like to do after college, consider declaring early in your first year. This allows you to focus on getting your major requirements completed early, and allows you to expand your academic reach during third and fourth year. Barbara Weckstein Kaplowitz Rhetorical Theory and Mass Communications '79, Owner, Big Huge Ideas

The University of Virginia has many academic resources that will help you explore options for your future. 

  • UVA Undergraduate Majors
  • Association DeansTo facilitate academic advising, every student is placed in an advising "Association." Your Association Dean's primary responsibility is to advise you on academic matters and refer you to the various agencies and offices the University has established to assist you. Do not hesitate to call on your Dean.With the exception of Echols Scholars, Students Athletes and Transfer Students, whose Dean is determined by their affiliation in one of these groups, your Dean is determined by your first-year housing assignment. The College deans and staff are located in Monroe Hall.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Advisors: Faculty advisors are assigned to each College undergraduate student; they assist students with: choosing a major, selecting courses, making long range plans, and finding appropriate persons with similar academic interests.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Directors of Undergraduate Programs: Each major in the College is overseen by a Director of the Undergraduate Program. Students with questions about courses offered by the department, major requirements, opportunities for majors, declaring a major, etc. should contact this person.