Career Exploration

In the field of engineering, you have many career options. So many options, it can be overwhelming! How do you narrow down your focus?

Step One: UNDERSTAND YOURSELF. Use the Career Exploration Workbook to gain more clarity on connecting your interests, values, skills, strengths, and goals to careers. Determine your objective, and begin exploring career fields, majors, and opportunities that may be a good fit. Use the Personal Mission Workbook to discover what is important to you and guide you when making career decisions, such as identifying companies that align with your values and beliefs.

Step Two: EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS. Use the websites below to learn more about disciplines and career paths within engineering and to identify areas of interest. Check out Cornell Engineering's 4-Year Career Map for ideas on how you might engage and explore options while you are here. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Learn about job responsibilities, required education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. This website is great for learning about career paths associated with different majors/fields

Sloane Career Cornerstone Center
Explore over 185 degree fields and learn about educational requirements, salaries, networking, and career planning resources. Browse interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer candid insights into their own diverse careers.

Learn more about specialty areas within engineering, review profiles of engineers in various disciplines, and hear from experts in the field.

Career Insider by Vault
Explore over 100 industries and professions including alternative energy, biotechnology, chemicals, engineering, pharmaceuticals, utilities, and more!  Review the downloadable Vault Guides to broaden your knowledge on a myriad of topics including consulting, law, finance, interviewing, graduate schools & top employers. Click on Career Insider (powered by Vault) and create a free account using your Cornell email address.

Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Explore opportunities to learn about and gain experience in the startup world. Participate in collaborative programming, business plan competitions, internships, and more. Find a mentor and join the listserv.

O*NET OnLine
Learn about skills, abilities, work activities, and interests associated with 900+ occupations. 

Review career profiles, salary statistics, and employment projections.

Utilize career exploration and career planning tools to create your custom career search plan

ENGRG 2350 - Career Development in Engineering

Are you looking to get ahead in your career search? This discussion-based course will empower you to create career success. Engage. Reflect. Explore.