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Identify and Research Options

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Doctors, lawyers and teachers are among the jobs we have all heard of, but there are thousands of other job titles and fields and more being created every day as industries evolve. Take time to explore and educate yourself on the range of career options, and be careful not to limit yourself to careers with which you are familiar. 

The Office of Career Strategy maintains a robust searchable database of resources to assist students in researching various career paths. Informational interviewing with Yale students and alumni and job shadowing/trek programs are also among the most useful ways to learn about a career field. 

Question: Industry vs. Job Function?

It is important to recognize the difference between industry and job function. Industry refers to a particular field, often named after its primary product or service, such as the Aerospace Industry or Technology Industry. Job functions are specific roles within an industry, such as an engineer, editor, or marketing expert. Most job functions are found across all industries. For example, if Jane Doe is a finance manager at Google she in the technology industry, but her job function is finance. The job function is the expertise you build and is therefore transferable throughout your career, often across various industries. 

Connect with Yale College Peers and Alumni

Pin: Yale College Class Lists and Summer Peer Networking Lists: Available in the Yale Career Link (Resources, Document Library).

Yale Career Network: Alumni database to connect with alumni across Yale University.