Connecting Majors to Careers

Trying to figure out what your career goals are and how they connect to your academic studies?

  • Explore the online resources below.
  • Search our interactive database of recent Iowa State LAS graduates’ first jobs or plans for further education.
  • Set up a Job Alert in CyHire to receive tailored notifications about jobs or internships that you could do with your (considered) major(s).
  • Use our Informational Interview Guide to gain career insight from professionals in your field of interest and build your network.
  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor in LAS Career Services in CyHire.

Online Resources

What Can I Do With This Major? provides an overview of common career paths for every major and outlines ways to prepare for each path. There are also links to professional organizations, job boards, and other career-related resources.

SparkPath: Challenge Cards is an interactive career exploration assessment that helps you determine what challenge (or guiding mission) you want to be the focus of your career. To take the assessment, click “Sign Up” to create a Student account with your @iastate email address and code: iastate-las-careers

Candid Career features informational interviews with thousands of professionals discussing their career paths and what they enjoy about their work. Search for careers by college major, industry, and career title.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains a wealth of data and statistics such as expected job growth, median salaries, and necessary skills for careers in today’s workforce.

CareerOneStop’s GetMyFuture, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a compilation of powerful career resources such as personal assessments (i.e., interests, skills, work values) and video overviews of over 900 professions.

My Next Move is a U.S. Department of Labor publication that provides easily digestible overviews of careers searchable by keyword, industries, or interests.

O*Net Online, a U.S. Department of Labor resource, is a database of hundreds of occupation profiles with accurate and regularly updated statistics.

Career Counseling

Student Counseling Services provides individual career counseling to help students improve their career decision-making skills and self-efficacy for making a career choice.

Additional Resources for Graduate Students

MyIDP is a compilation of career resources and assessments for graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in the Sciences that outlines career paths inside and outside academia.

ImaginePhD is a compilation of career resources and assessments for graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in the Humanities or Social Sciences that outlines career paths inside and outside academia.