Once you know more about yourself you can identify new career titles, industries and occupational areas that fit with your strengths and skills and offer tasks that you find interesting.
- Search Career Titles and Industries
- Hear from Industry Professionals
- Candid Career offers videos of real people speaking from the heart about their career experiences. You can explore by industries, career titles, college majors, companies and more.
Employer Events - Employers regularly present about opportunities, what it is like to work at their organization, their mission and values and how to develop competitive application materials. Information sessions and career fairs are listed on Cal State LA Handshake. (requires student registration in Handshake)
- Career Workshops on Professional Networking - Networking with alumni and professionals in your desired career path can help you to learn about their role and organization and how they got there. Workshops are listed on Cal State LA Handshake. (requires student registration in Handshake)
- Career Guides on Professional Networking - Career advisors provide career development guides to help you set up online networking profiles, including LinkedIn and Handshake, and develop effective networking strategies.
- Get Experience
- Internships - The best way to learn about a job and industry is to do an internship. It also looks great on your résumé and makes you much more employable. Some internships are available as early as the summer of your first year. Application deadlines for summer internships are typically between December and March so be sure to plan your search in advance. Internships are posted on Cal State LA Handshake (requires student registration in Handshake)
Student Employment - Cal State LA employs more than 1,800 students under the Student Employment Program and offers positions within various career fields. Working in an on-campus student assistant position that aligns with your career interests can help you learn about the job and gain relevant experience. Student assistant positions are posted on Cal State LA Handshake (requires student registration in Handshake)
Job Shadowing involves following a professional as they work to observe their typical duties and get a better idea of what it takes to build a career in that role and organization.
- Volunteer in Your Field - Employers value volunteer experiences particularly if they are related to your career goals. The Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good provides a list of partnered organizations.
- Student Organizations - You can use and enhance the skills you've learned in class by participating in student organizations. You will learn how to work with a team and engage with diverse groups of people, gain leadership skills, develop your qualities and essential career readiness skills, get networking opportunities and learn more about yourself. The Center for Student Involvement provides a list of active student organizations.