Learn About Different Careers
While some students enter Bowdoin with a clear idea of their major and profession, most don’t. And, often students who arrive with an idea of “what they want to be when they grow up,” leave pursuing a different path. Use your time at Bowdoin to expand your horizons – take a range of classes, connect with professors, engage with student organizations, and connect with Career Planning. It will help you connect your interests to a career.
Your first job after Bowdoin will be a stepping stone on a career path with unexpected twists and turns. You’ll learn, grow and gain experience, and then move on to something else – perhaps in the same field or perhaps in a totally different field. Learning to be adaptable, open and proactive and aware of your strengths and interests will help you in whatever path you choose.
You may feel like you have no idea where to start, and little awareness of what’s out there. Or, perhaps, you feel that there are too many choices. The only way you will know if you like something is to experience it, but first you need to start exploring.
- Make an appointment with a Career Advisor. You can request online or stop by our office in Moulton Union. We can talk through your interests, research relevant opportunities and connect you to Bowdoin alumni working in fields that interest you.
- Find out how your interests and skills match with a variety of careers for college graduates by taking an online interest assessment.
- Attend informational sessions and career conversation events on topics and with companies and organizations that interest you. Most of these are held in the evening (although some are during lunch) and are posted on the eBear calendar.
- Read about different career fields and jobs using other online career exploration tools.
- Spotlight on Careers helps you learn more about the range of specialties within a field, including the nature of the work and the responsibilities.
- O-Net Online provides a wealth of information about the skills and abilities used in different kinds of professions. Search by keyword in the Find Occupations section and check out related fields.