Career Resources

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First steps...

If you're just getting started, you might want to reflect on all of the classes and/or activities you enjoy and then look for occupations where you can continue to build upon those interests. You can begin by exploring who you are and identifying your values, skills, interests and motivations.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

  • Browse What Can I Do With a Sociology Major? to explore types of employers that hire people with Sociology majors, and strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

  • Take TypeFocus, an online tool to gain insights about your personality and interests and apply them to major and career decisions. Meet with a Hiatt counselor to review what you learn.

  • Meet with Hiatt to explore majors and identify future options.

  • Explore Majors and Careers.
  • Join student clubs and organizations, take a variety of classes, and volunteer to explore and hone your interests.

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Skills & Knowledge

As a Sociology major you will be developing critical skills and knowledge, including the ability to:

  • Think critically, develop theory, strategize a research design, collect data and analyze, and write
  • Recognize the ways in which social contexts shape individual and group behavior

  • Rigorously engage with core questions of inequity, identity, justice, and social meaning

  • Relate sociological frameworks to pressing social, economic, and political issues and policies

  • Locate the ways in which Sociology as a professional discipline develops and considers major questions, concepts, theories, and methodologies

  • Creatively identify, confront, and assess issues of sociological significance in a range of real-world settings

  • Understand, develop, and extend theoretical frameworks for critically and systematically engaging with social phenomena

  • Employ established principles of research design, data collection and analysis to rigorously address empirical research questions

  • Clearly communicate theories, ideas, and analyses, both orally and in writing

  • Recognize and understand how structural, cultural, and relational contexts shape systems of power, access, and inequity

  • Develop a reflexive and ethical sense of how diversity operates in social settings

  • Respectfully engage with ethnic, religious, cultural, and political difference
  • Collaborate with local agencies and communities to develop strategies to address pressing issues

 

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Explore Possible Career Paths

One of the best ways to find out more about potential careers is to see what other students and alumni like you have done. Search these resources by major, industry, geography and more to see where Brandeis students intern, and where recent Brandeis grads live and work right after graduation.

  • Beyond Brandeis — Browse the first destinations of Brandeis graduates within six months of graduation to get a sense of entry-level opportunities. Click on the "Majors to Industries" tab to get started. 

  • LinkedIn — Look at the profiles of Brandeis alumni and students to see sample career paths that match your interests. 

If you already have an idea of what you're interested in, you might need help narrowing down your options. When exploring careers, it's important to develop plans while staying open to new opportunities. Here are some resources for career exploration and research:
  • O*NET has detailed descriptions, responsibilities, required skills, preferred interests, and general work styles and environments for a variety of professions. 

  • Vault profiles 6,500+ companies in different industries and provides an overview, rankings, and employee reviews for each company. Access Vault's 250+ guides on interview prep, resume, industries, professions, employers, and internships. 

  • Internships are a great way to try out potential careers for yourself. Also try volunteering, part-time jobs and informational interviews.

  • Talk to people who know you and/or who know about your majors and fields of interest. Friends, family, professors, and advisors can all give you great information about majors and fields to help inform your decision making.

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Industry Specific Resources & Opportunities

As discussed under possible career paths, there are many opportunities that might be a good match for you.  Based on historical destination data and national trends, the following Handshake shortcuts have been created to link you directly to descriptions of and opportunities in industries of interest to Sociology majors. The Spotlight on Careers industry page includes links to industry-specific job and internship posting sites.

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Connecting with Alumni Professionals

One of the best ways to find out more about careers, industries and roles is to speak with alumni. Networking is a constant cycle of building and maintaining relationships, all of which can help you cultivate information and leads about potential career opportunities. If you’ve ever talked to a professor, chatted with a family friend, or made conversation with someone on a plane, then you’ve already networked!

Visit Hiatt's website for  "how to" details about networking and using LinkedIn.

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How to Find Additional Opportunities
There are two search strategies for finding career opportunities:
  1. Search for jobs/internships that are posted on websites
  2. Gather information about positions or potential openings from networking and research
For details on both, including links to external sites, please visit Hiatt's Job and Internship Search page.

For additional career-related information, including resources for resumes and letters, networking and interviewing, graduate and law school and funding, please visit the Hiatt Career Center website.