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There are thousands of job titles and fields and more created every day as industries evolve. Start with a self-assessment of your interests and values and then take time to explore the range of career options. Be careful not to limit yourself to only careers with which you are familiar.

Tip: Industry vs. Job Function

  • Industry refers to a field, often named for its primary product/service, such as the Aerospace Industry or Technology Industry.
  • Job functions are specific jobs within an industry, such as an engineer or marketing expert, and are often found in all industries.
  • For example, Jane is a finance manager at Google, so she is in the technology industry, but her job function is finance.
  • The job function is the expertise you build and is transferable throughout your career, across industries.


Explore: OCS Resources

Learn as much as you can about the organizations within your field of interest, whcih will help you to develop a target list of employers, and prepare you for networking and interviewing conversations. Get started with the resources below:

  • Resource Database: Searchable database with online resources about industries and job functions.
  • Yale Career Network: Database¬†of 19,000+ Yale alums who have volunteered to discuss their careers.
  • OCS career programs and employer events: Opportunities to connect with alums and employers across industries.
  • Common Good & Creative Careers: OCS initiative to highlight opportunities in Nonprofit, Government, Education, Arts (Architecture/Design, Entertainment, Fine and Visual, Literary, Theater and Performing) and Communications.
  • STEM Connect: Supporting Yale students and postdocs interested in careers related to science research, technology, engineering, and data science/statistics in order to innovate and impact the world. Our mission within OCS is to connect students to advising resources, networking opportunities, employer events, educational workshops, and so much more.
  • PhD Pathways: Collection of career discovery resources specifically for graduate students and postdocs.¬†
  • GSAS & Postdoc Alum Spotlight Series: Interviews with alums, outside the academy, discussing their careers.

Explore: Yale University Centers

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