No matter what major you’re heading for, take advantage of tailored career advice and opportunities. Not sure where you’re headed? We and our partners at the Career Development Center can help with that, too.
- Career Development Center (University Division Students)
As a University Division Student, you’ve got an assigned career advisor in your corner. Whether you’re certain what you want to do or have no idea, your career advisor can help.
We encourage you to visit the Career Development Center to discover a major and career you’ll love. The expert career advisors at the Career Development Center have all the tools to help you:
- Learn about Yourself (your values, interests, personality, and skills) and how elements of yourself relate to career choices
- Just starting to think about careers? Explore your options with Career Guides
- Build Valuable Experience through part-time jobs and internships
- Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment with your assigned CDC career advisor via MyJobs.
- Professional Development
Whatever your major, you can get prepped for that first job interview by stockpiling experiences and developing your soft skills.
Preparing for Health and Law Professions
The Health Professions and Pre-Law Center (HPPLC) prepares Indiana University students to become thoughtful, well-prepared applicants to professional schools around the country. They work with students interested in law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.
Check out the HPPLC website for detailed information on choosing coursework, acquiring experience and preparing for admission in your chosen field. Learn more about professional development, and attend workshops and events, including Law Day and Health Day with representatives from programs around the country.
You can also get specialized, one-on-one support by scheduling an appointment with a HPPLC advisor.
Career Preparation Best Practices
Get Experience – Part-time jobs, internships, and volunteering are all ways to gain hands-on experience. Through professional experiences, you’ll learn more about the work you’re most interested in and become more marketable to employers after graduation.
- Build Experience through the Career Development Center
- Explore Volunteer Opportunities on Campus and in the Community
Build Transferable Skills - Employers value soft skills like writing and speaking ability, leadership, flexibility, adaptability, and analytical skills. You can develop these skills through academic coursework and extracurricular opportunities.
- Complete a Certificate or Minor in a field outside your major. Use the Explore Programs Tool to find Certificates and Minors that match the skills you’re interested in learning.
- Get involved in a student organization. There are more than 750 student organizations at IU, or you can start your own!
- Get involved in a leadership or public service program.
- Service Learning Courses
- Leadership Minor (School of Public Health)
- Leaders + Leadership Minor (College of Arts & Sciences)
- Fundraising and Resource Development Minor (School of Public Health)
- Communication and Public Advocacy Minor (College of Arts & Sciences)
- Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) Certificate (College of Arts & Sciences)
- IU in DC Washington Leadership Program (School of Public & Environmental Affairs)
- Hoosier Leadership Program
- Mentoring Services & Leadership Development
Learn How To Talk About What You Know – Many tools will help you showcase your classroom experience and personal qualities in ways that connect with employers. Here are a few. See your academic or career advisor for others!
- E-Portfolio – An e-portfolio is an online presence where you display your qualifications for a position, including experiences, skills, and personality. University Division offers workshops and guidance for preparing an e-portfolio. Visit our Exploratory page or see an IU Peer Coach for some ideas on getting started.
- Career Workshops – The Career Development Center hosts a variety of workshops every semester to help students learn how to build their resumes, network, and prepare for the job search.
- Career Advising – Career advisors don’t just help with the exploration process, they’ll also work with you to create a polished resume, hone your interviewing skills, and learn how to build and maintain your professional network. Every University Division student is assigned to a career advisor. Visit yours!
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Heading for graduate school? Or interested in a career in research? Now’s the perfect time to gain lab experience, develop relationships with research faculty, and start developing your own research questions. Read about examples of student research for inspiration, and then check out these opportunities.
- Undergraduate Research FAQ
- Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity
- Integrated Program on the Environment
- IU Journal of Undergraduate Research
- Speak with academic advisors and professors about your intellectual interests and ask them about departmental opportunities to engage in research. Many professors are happy to help you discover opportunities to assist in faculty research or develop independent projects.
- School-Specific Career Services
Are you heading for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences? Your liberal arts background is a hit with employers; you just have to know how to show it off! The career advisors of the Walter Center for Career Achievement can help you explore your options and highlight the advantages of your degree.
- Start your career journey
- Meet the advisors who specialize in your area
- Check out Career Communities to keep up with news and opportunities in your field. (Hover over the “Career Communities” title to choose your field of interest.)
Once admitted to the Kelley School of Business, you’ll have access to top-notch career advising, including career coaching, opportunities to connect with recruiters, and personalized help with job search skills.
Did you know that even students who are not admitted to Kelley School of Business have an opportunity to utilize the resources of Kelley Undergraduate Career Services? Any student interested in business can work with a career coach on their business-related internship and job searches by completing BUS-T175 (Kelley Compass 1: The Individual) and BUS-T275 (Kelley Compass 2: The Team). Learn more about these courses in the Career Courses section below.
Jacobs students have several resources to help them launch their careers, including personalized career advising, resources to gain entrepreneurial skills, and regular workshops. The Career Portal offers a comprehensive career planning tool to support students as they prepare for their professional lives.
Career Connections offers specialized career services to aspiring educators, including professional development workshops, advice on how to enhance your marketability through additional minors or licenses, and individualized career advising.
- Use their Career Connections Checklist to start planning your professional development.
- Explore possibilities within the field of education.
- Learn about the kinds of professional experiences that prospective employers value in aspiring educators.
Preparing students for their careers is central to the School of Informatics and Computing’s mission. Career Services offers help with exploring careers, securing internships, accepting and negotiating job offers, and preparing for graduate school. They offer multiple resources to research job prospects and gain valuable experience.
- View the Hiring Report to learn about post-graduation job outcomes of previous SoIC students.
- Attend the SoIC Career Fair to learn about prospective employers and practice your networking skills.
Visit the School of Public Health Office of Career Services website to explore career paths, to find information on internships, grad schools and interview practice, and to view job boards and online tools.
- Check out Career Communities to keep up with the latest news and opportunities in your field. (Hover over the “Career Communities” title to choose your field of interest.)
- Log into the Career Link to learn about career and internship opportunities.
- If your major is the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department, familiarize yourself with the 320-hour field requirement, which must be completed prior to your required internship.
The SPEA Career Development Office is committed to helping graduates successfully transition to a fulfilling career. They offer individualized advising, recruitment events, and career planning workshops.
- Login to SPEA Careers to connect with employers and discover professional opportunities.
- Learn about undergraduate employment outcomes.
- Explore ways to gain global internship experience before you graduate.
The School of Social Work Career Services Center assists all Social Work majors at all stages of their journey toward rewarding, meaningful careers, including an annual career fair, career exploration, and job search assistance.
- Career Courses
Career courses are a great way to explore careers and learn strategies for professional development. Below is a list of possible career courses at IU Bloomington. This list is not necessarily comprehensive, and the availability of these courses is subject to change. Make an appointment with your advisor to talk about other courses to help you explore your academic and professional interests.
Look up courses in iGPS Course Search to read course descriptions and add them to your iGPS Plan.
MATH-M298 (Careers in Mathematics)
Mathematics focus, but open to any major.
BUS-T175 (Kelley Compass I: The Individual)
Business focus, but open to any major.
Taking BUS-T175 and T275 gives students access to Kelley Undergraduate Career Services, regardless of major.
PSY-P199 (Career Planning for Psychology Majors)
Intended for Psychology and Neuroscience majors.
Prerequisites of PSY-P155 or PSY-P101/P102.
ASCS-Q294 (College to Career I: Explore Your Options)
Open to any major.
Freshmen and Sophomores only.
Career planning and self-exploration for exploratory students.
ASCS-Q296 (College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts & Sciences Experience)
Intended for Arts & Sciences students in particular subject areas (read class notes).
May require Sophomore standing.
SPEA-V252 (Career Development and Planning)
Intended for SPEA majors.
Best taken during sophomore year to prepare for required SPEA internship experience.
INFO-Y100 (Exploring Informatics and Computer Science)
Open to any student interested in technology.
Freshmen or Sophomore standing.
ECON-E298 (Careers in Economics)
Economics majors only.
Best taken Sophomore or Junior year.
EDUC-F200 (Examining Self as Teacher)
Open to any student interested in education careers.
PACE-C295 (Citizenship and Careers)
Restricted to students in the Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) program.
POLS-X299 (Careers for Political Science Students)
Open to any students considering Political Science majors and minors.