Not sure where to start on your career journey? Or perhaps you are facing a fork in the road after realizing new interests? If you need guidance on identifying possible career paths, regardless of where you are in your major or what year you are in school, our Exploration Career Community is the perfect place to start. Stop by our drop-in advising hours in 1515 (1515 University Ave. on The Corner) to speak with an Exploration Career Advisor and subscribe to the Exploration Career Community newsletter for weekly events, advice, and opportunities.
Choosing & Using your Major
Did you know that in a survey of UVA Arts and Sciences graduates, only 27% reported a direct connection between their undergraduate major and their current career? While there is an emphasis on choosing a major while you are in college, only a handful of jobs require specific fields of study. The vast majority of careers can be reached through countless different majors. Career Counselors in the Exploration Career Community can talk with you about your coursework, your interests, and your skills as your career goals begin to take shape.
Identify Your Interests
Career assessments and online research can help you identify career interests and give you a starting place for your job search.
The following tools are available to you through the UVA Career Center:
Pathway U is a platform with assessments to help you identify education and career pathways that align with your unique interests and values.
Handshake allows you to research potential employers, browse career center and employer events, schedule a career advising appointment, and access additional resources to facilitate your career exploration.
Virginia Alumni Mentoring connects you with UVA Alumni to explore potential career paths and learn more about the world of work.
Connect with Career Communities
Career Communities are connected groups of students, alumni, faculty, and career center staff, interested in a specific, interconnected, group of career industries or job functions. Career Communities provide an opportunity to connect to specific, tailored industry resources and programs. Join one of our communities today.
Steps for Success
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UVA Alumni Career Pathways
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Have You Heard About...
Meet the Exploration Team
- Settle into your new home away from home. Explore the UVA Grounds and Charlottesville area!
- Celebrate your 2nd Year at the Welcome Back bash on Saturday, August 26TH from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.
- Swing by the Career Center's 1515 location from 1:30 to 4:30 PM for a coffee career chat (1515 University
From scouting, coaching, and recruiting, to marketing, ticket sales, and special events, we can help you explore the possibility of working in amateur, professional, or recreational sports.
Some common career paths include:
- Athletic Administration