4 Year Career Planning

Use our 4 Year Career Planning Checklist to make sure you're building the necessary career-related skills and experiences employers seek during your experience at UIC.

How Majors Connect To Careers

We know it can be challenging to figure out how college majors connect to careers. We offer the following guidance to help you think through your options.

Picking a major is different than choosing a career.

Employers are most interested in your skills/abilities and often do not only focus on your major.  It is critical that you supplement your college education with experiences like internships, research opportunities with professors, extracurricular activities and volunteering that will help develop your skills.

Select a major in which you are interested and one that aligns with your academic strengths.

In general, students excel in classes in which they are most interested, thus selecting a major that you enjoy makes sense.  A strong academic record will give more career options.

Learn about and explore many majors.

We recommend you explore many different majors and try not to rule one out because of what you have heard about it.

Continue reading for more resources available to UIC students for Career Exploration.

Self-Directed Career Exploration

My Next Move

  • An online system to identify majors, advanced degrees and career options that may be a good fit got you.

YouTube

  • You can also use YouTube and search “A Day in the Life of” particular occupations and you will see articles and videos about careers.  As always, bring a critical eye to information on the Internet and consider the source of the information.

IMPORTANT: Use INTERNET EXPLORER ONLY for full functioning (some elements are not viewable in Chrome or Firefox browsers).

We have found that many UIC students also find it helpful to work with a career advisor during this process.

Career Exploration Websites

These sites provide information on majors and how to apply your chosen major to specific careers.

  • What Can I Do With This Major-This site gives many examples of possible career options that connect to particular majors.
  • What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree In– This site explains how pursuing a particular graduate degree links to careers.

These sites provide detailed information on various industries, careers and employers.

You can also use YouTube and search “A Day in the Life of” particular occupations and you will see articles and videos about careers.  As always, bring a critical eye to information on the Internet and consider the source of the information.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook– Comprehensive, user-friendly information on hundreds of careers – data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • O*NET Online – Detailed information about many occupations and lists of careers organized by categories such as skills and interests.