I don't have a clear career plan. How can I start my job search?

Video Chapters 

• How to start a job search when you don’t know what to do next


• How employers evaluate job candidates


• How to think about your skills


• Why values and motivators matter to your job search

About this lesson

Many master’s students pursue their degrees for the love of their discipline. They don’t always see a direct connection between what they studied and a career. If that’s you, don’t worry! You can still leverage your education and training into a meaningful, stable career. This lesson will show you how to get started in your job search even if you don’t know exactly what you want to do after graduation.

Worksheet Activities

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1. Rather than asking “what can I do with my degree,” consider why you decided to pursue your master’s degree. What do you find intellectually engaging and rewarding? Remember, what you studied is a reflection of your values and interests, it doesn’t define who you are or what you can do next.


2. Spend 30 minutes watching interviews in the career interview library. What do the interviewees find engaging and rewarding about their careers? How is their current job related (or different!) from what they studied?


3. As you research career options, you’ll want to interview people who share your academic discipline and now work in a range of careers. Write down 4 questions to ask people that can help you uncover careers that will be intellectually engaging and rewarding to you.

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