Choosing a Major/Career
Career Communities are a new way of working with the Career Center based on industries and career fields. By indicating the community of interest to you in the OwlNetwork on your Academic Profile and Settings tab, you’ll receive information and targeted announcements about events, organizations, and job/internship opportunities that fall into these areas.
The Career Communities are:
- Arts (Performing & Visual)
- Biotech, Pharmaceutical
- Business Services, Banking, Financial Services, Marketing, Retail, Sales
- Communications, Media, Advertising, Design
- Engineering, Information Technology
- Government, Non-Profit
- Health, Human Services
- Hospitality, Tourism, Sports, Recreation
- Law, Legal Services
- Science, Research
For example, if you’re interested in Communications, select the Communications/Media/Advertising/Design Career Community. This will expose you to communication roles in the Media industry and other industries with communication positions you may not have known about. We encourage you to select up to 3 communities, including communities outside of your major and/or school or college. Think of each community as an opportunity to explore your professional interests!
Unsure Of What You Want To Do?
If you are unsure, talk with a career coach who can help you assess your personal qualities, evaluate the information you have collected, suggest additional resources, and guide you through the decision-making process.
If you want to get started right away, complete FOCUS-2 and evaluate your personal qualities and explore career and study options that are most compatible with your personality, interests and skills.
What Can I Do With My Major?
The site WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com has a wealth of information to share about major specific careers options and paths.
Keep in mind that the information sheets and options are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list. Your major is a starting point and not a prescription for a narrow list of employment opportunities. By taking a variety of courses and gaining experience outside of the classroom, you have the opportunity to develop transferable skill sets, highly desired by employers.
Can't Find Your Major?
Majors not covered above:
Meet with a Career Coach to find out how to creatively market your major, skills, and experiences to various employers.
Want to Explore Careers?
The Office of Alumni Relations and Career Center have partnered with Candid Career, the premier provider of thousands of video informational interviews featuring professionals from around the country providing career advice and guidance from a variety of careers and fields. Among the featured professionals are many of Temple's most distinguished alumni. Visit our Temple exclusive channel and take a look at our own Temple Made success stories!
Other Career Exploration Resources
- Conduct an informational interview
- Complete FOCUS-2
- Explore what you can do with your major
- Read about industries and research top employers in the Career Insider
- Talk to alumni. Join the LinkedIn group for Temple University Alumni.
- Check out professional organization web sites or join a local chapter.
- Talk to faculty in your area of interest
- Try it out – volunteer or get a part-time job or internship.
- Review industry specific resources
Understand a specific job:
Becomeopedia lets you find information about education requirements, job descriptions, salary information and future career paths.
Find out salary and job details: