5 Ways to Discover How Your Education Translates to Real Jobs

Untitled designWhat Jobs Can You REALLY Get With Your Degree?

I recently talked to a spouse with some very unrealistic expectations about her degree.  She was earning a generalized degree and was under the impression that she would be able to work in some very specific areas that required specific degrees and certifications. Her expectations were not realistic. So, how do you find out what qualifications are  needed for a particular career field? Here are 5 ways to help you find out what your degree qualifies you for:

     1.  Hold informational interviews with people working in your desired field.



Informational interviews are a great way to find out what jobs are really about in your career field, and what type of education or certification requirements may exist.  It is also a great way to network.

  1.  Research O*NET OnLine

A great  way to find out more about educational requirements is to go to O*NET OnLine. This site provides quite a bit of information about almost every imaginable career field and is updated on a regular basis.

  1.  Talk to Your Professors or Instructors

Ask your professors or instructors what type of positions you should expect with your degree.  Often, they have some contacts in the industry.  This is also a great way to build rapport, and to establish  some references in your career field.

  1.  Look at Job Postings

Job postings can give you ideas on what might be open to you. You can search based on your degree or certification.

  1.  Check Out LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn has numerous groups to include groups by career and alumni.  This is a great way to discover what is out there, and to ask some pointed questions.  Find alumni who have your degree and find out what types of jobs they are holding (by the way, these are also great contacts for informational interviews).


Ideally you want to do all this research before you start to earn your degree, but even if you are almost done or you finished a while ago, it is a great way to find out more.

What degree are you pursuing?  How have you done some research?

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