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Forté Foundation’s Rising Star Initiative

The Rising Star Initiative offers undergraduate women at Yale, across all majors, the opportunity to develop skills on-line and at their own pace in five critical “career ready” areas—career exploration, personal branding, job searching, networking, and professional values.

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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.

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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:

Explore: Yale University Centers

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