Explore Careers & Industries
Exploring occupations and industries based on your preferences, personality, interests, skills and values is an important part of identifying a career path you’ll enjoy.
- Attend an upcoming Internship workshop to learn about the basic strategies and resources available to you as you carry out your internship or job search.
- Register to attend an Employer Information Session in GWork. These in-depth sessions provide an opportunity to meet company representatives and learn about their organizations in a less formal atmosphere than an interview.
- Use websites such as O-NET, Bureau of Labor Statistics or Wet Feet to conduct research about jobs and industries that match your interests.
- Review our Career Option Sheets to become familiar with sample occupations, work settings and skills needed for specific industries related to your particular academic major. These may also be found in the Document Library under the Resources tab in GWork and in our Resource Room.
Conduct an Informational Interview
Informational interviews are a great way to learn specific details about an occupation or career. It includes setting up a time to talk to a professional on the phone or in-person who works in a field or job in which you’re interested. Preparing the right questions and knowing what you want to accomplish are the most important parts of an informational interview.
The GW Career Advisor Network can be used to find a GW alumni advisor who is willing to discuss their job, industry and career path.
The GW Career Services Council provides you exclusive and complementary access to online resources that can help you explore organizations and learn about various occupations and industries.
- Career Insider is a respected online career tool that covers a variety of topics including details about top employers and education programs, salary information and job search advice. It also includes thirty-five free downloadable guides about specific industries, employers and career topics. Career Insider can be accessed through the Announcements section of GWork.
- GoingGlobal provides company profiles on more than 400,000 organizations worldwide, including information on the global employment outlook and key industry trends, industry-specific professional organization information, industry web sites, top company profiles, trade councils, chambers of commerce, professional and social networking organizations, and online telephone directories and business publications. Access GoingGlobal through your GWork profile page.
- Leadership Directories provides high-quality contact information on nearly a half million leaders of more than 40,000 major United States government, business, professional and nonprofit organizations. Access the the Leadership Directories database and get started researching thousands of organizations.
Access to our campus-wide subscription to Leadership Directories is solely available to authorized on-campus users. You must be logged onto a computer within the GW network (i.e. Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, Ashburn, Arlington BioStatistics at Rockville). This resource is also available to users via virtual private network (VPN) for wireless and remote access.
Advance Your Exploration of Careers and Industries
Participate in advanced exploration activities to target potential occupations and career options, narrow down an industry focus and understand industry-specific hiring and promotion practices:
- Conduct informational interviews with individuals and employers, including GW alumni in your industry.
- Obtain an internship or part-time employment in your industry.
- Participate in Employer Site Visits by industry.
- Register for the Employer-in-Residence program to meet with employers representing various industry areas.