Explore Careers

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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.

Take a PathwayU Assessment 

PathwayU is a new platform designed for UVA students that can help you understand your values, interests, personality, and workplace preferences. Along with the assessments (which together take approximately 25 minutes) you can see your top career matches and discover career paths!


Engage with our Industry-Based UVA Career Communities

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

Search industry-focused tools

Students at UVA find the following resources particularly helpful for researching different work areas:

Discover more online resources for UVA students: https://career.virginia.edu/OnlineResources 

Connect with UVA Alumni in fields of interest 

Talk to your faculty advisor and favorite professors 

Attend a UVA Career Center Event 

Set up an Informational Interview with a professional working in a field you want to learn about

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 >

Meet with a Career Counselor for an appointment or drop-in chat 

Meet with one of our experienced career counselors in a one-on-one session to discuss different career possibilities, develop an action plan, or enhance search strategies for internships or jobs.


Exploration Career Community 

Whether you are unsure of what is possible or just weighing a few different options, this community is focused on self-discovery and helping you explore various career paths. 

Appointments & Drop-in Hours 

The Exploration Career Community team is available Monday-Friday from 12-4 PM for drop-in hours and by appointment via Handshake.  

Exploration Newsletter 

Receive tailored emails from the Exploration Career Community about exploration resources and upcoming programs. To subscribe simply update your Handshake 'Career Interests' profile and select 'I want to explore my options'.  Learn more about our Career Community Newsletters


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CAREER & MAJOR EXPLORATION 

CareerShift

Provides a database of employers and jobs/internships for students and recent grads. You can use CareerShift to find a variety of opportunities as well as find contacts within organizations you are interested in. Create your own CareerShift account using the UVA link via Handshake.

Career Insider by Vault

Industry and job guides, internship listings, company reviews, and more! Vault helps you improve your “Career Intelligence”. Get the login details on our Handshake resource card

What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Check out how to use this resource in this short video.

O*Net

Learn about different career paths by reviewing detailed descriptions of various occupations.

Candid Career 

Candid Career is the premier provider of thousands of informational video interviews featuring industry professionals through an easy-to-use website. Their site is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers as well as advice that will give you an edge in your job search.


FIND A MENTOR 

A mentor is a mix of coach, leader, advisor, counselor, teacher, guide, and friend. A mentor provides a mentee with a taste of the real world in the career he/she is pursuing and the knowledge of what it takes to get there. The more experienced mentor draws upon his/her knowledge, skill set, and perspective to provide guidance and feedback while facilitating the professional development of a less experienced mentee. A mentee takes an active role and responsibility for his/her own learning while a mentor asks thought-provoking questions that help a student gain insights for making informed career decisions and taking appropriate steps. Learn more about the benefits of finding a mentor

UVA ALUMNI MENTORS 

Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM) is a virtual community that fosters relationships between UVA alumni and students. Students reach out to alumni through our PeopleGrove platform to spark these connections. UVA alumni in this community share their knowledge and experience to help current UVA students make the most of their time on Grounds. They also help UVA students explore and prepare for life and career after UVA. Learn more about Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM). Questions? Please email mentoring@virginia.edu

More to Explore

Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8am-5pm.

Connect with alumni for insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their specific field. 

PathwayU is a platform with assessments to help you identify education and career pathways that fit you and make the most sense for your unique interests and values.