Research Career Paths
Now that you know your strengths and interests, it’s important that you take time to research your options in order to make effective decisions about your future.
Once you identify possible career paths or academic programs of interest, learn as much as you can about them. Use basic research techniques to understand the requirements for specific careers, or how a degree program prepares you for post-graduate study. Talk to individuals in jobs or degree programs that interest you. Conduct informational interviews to better understand how your background and strengths relate to specific career options. The more research you do, the better prepared you will be to make good career and life decisions.
Remember, this is a process. Don’t rush it! Take the time you need to do your research and understand your options.
Occupations and Industries
Find a career path that fits with your interests. Browse through these resources to learn more about occupations and industries that align with your preferences.
- *Candid Career: Watch career advice videos from professionals in the field. Need JHED ID to login.
- *Vault Online Career Library: Create a Vault account with your JHU e-mail address. Choose “Industries” at the bottom for in-depth overviews.
- The Career Project: Get the inside perspective from professionals in thousands of careers in this free interactive career profile database.
- Career One Stop: Industry Videos: Explore hundreds of informational videos about different industries.
- National Career Development Association (NCDA) Resources: Scroll down to “Industry and Occupation Specific Information” to access information about a variety of different careers.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training: Explore career options as a postdoctoral student.
- O*NET Online: Explore career profiles with current labor market data.
- Occupation Outlook Handbook: Find information on day-to-day job duties, education, training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Use these industry guides to learn more about different fields:
Understand the education required to accomplish your career goals. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, you will find helpful resources below:
This site provides resources applicable to all students across disciplines at Johns Hopkins. Please visit your specific school’s Career Center for information and resources tailored to your area of study.
* Note: at present, starred resources are only available to current JHU students with a valid JHED ID.