Explore Careers

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 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. 

  • Complete your 4 assessments (Interests, Values, Personality, and Workplace Preferences) in 20 minutes 
  • Review your personalized assessment reports 
  • Explore your career matches to see what education and career

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:

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained 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 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.
  • O*NET: The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today's world of work in the United States
  • The Riley Guide: Riley 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.

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

Connect with UVA Alumni in fields of interest 

  • Virginia Alumni Mentoring Program provides students and their alumni mentors a structured means of initiating a professional relationship to discuss career interests and topics of professional preparation. Search the Mentor database and reach out to an alum working in a career you’d like to learn more about.
  • LinkedIn.com  is another useful database for career exploration and making career connections.  The University of Virginia Alumni, Students and Friends Group on LinkedIn is a great resource for finding out where UVA alums ended up after graduation and beyond. You can also use the “Find Alumni” option (under the “Connections” tab), and even narrow by major.

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.

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.