Exploring Careers

Earning a graduate degree can open many doors, but how do you know which is right for you?  Here are some first steps you can take:

Explore Options

Identify your interests, skills and values. Use Pathway U, a free online assessment. Meet with a career counselor to identify programs and next steps.

Check out the website What Can I Do with This Major and our Career Guides to learn about career opportunities.

Watch Candid Career videos to hear interviews from professionals in over 200 occupations.

Meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss your class schedule and academic requirements.

Get Connected

Get involved!

Gaining 1-2 quality experiences each semester can help you explore yourself and career opportunities. 

Talk to others!

Friends, family, GVSU faculty/staff, and professionals in your field are all interested to hear your plans and may be able to connect you to further opportunities.

  • Informational interviews are conversations with people in fields of interest for you.  You can have a formal or informal discussion over the phone or Skype, via email, or in person. You can find a list of sample questions here.
  • Job shadowing is observing a professional on-site during their work day.  The Career Center can coach you on how to set up a job shadow.
  • Create a LinkedIn account to connect with alumni in your area of interest. Check out where GVSU alums have landed.

Attend Events

  • Attend Career Center events to explore the world of work with professionals in various fields.
  • Check out the events calendar to learn about what’s happening on campus.

See What's Out There



Log in to Handshake with your GVSU username to explore current opportunities and employers. No need to create an account, as a student you already have one!

Path to Graduate & Professional School

Are you considering a career path that requires a degree beyond a master’s level?  You can learn more about graduate school planning here.  You can also meet with a career counselor to design your plan.


Feeling stuck? Come to the Career Center's CareerLab, schedule an appointment, or attend a Career Center event to learn more from a career advisor.

Page last modified September 14, 2020