Academic and Career Planning Center

Understanding Yourself

You already know many of your interests, talents and abilities through experiences you've had growing up. But many students discover new interests during college through new academic experiences, outside activities and employment opportunities. It is important to ask yourself three questions to understand what you like, what you do well, and what you value most.

What Are Your Interests?

Major and Career Exploration

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With so many options, finding the major and career that's right for you can be a difficult task. There is no one right way to develop a career plan, however there are three basic areas that you need to consider in order to find your fit:

Email Job Listings

Alumni can add their name to our e-mail distribution lists to receive job announcements and other important information as we receive it.  If you would like to be included on these lists, you should send your e-mail address to recruitbehrend@psu.edu.  PLEASE NOTE: Lists are NOT organized by major, due to the volume of alumni requests we receive.

Interview Tips

Before the Interview

  • Research the company! It is crucial to know some basic information about the company that is interviewing you. You should at least know the following : Who they are, what they do, where they do it, why they do it, and how you can fit in. Click here for more information on how to research companies.

Graduate School Action Plan

Fall or Spring: Eighteen to Twenty-Four Months Prior to Beginning
a Graduate Program

Choosing a Graduate School

If you've made the decision to attend graduate school, the next step is deciding where.

Make a List of Schools

Hopefully, you have selected a program of study and have some career goals in mind. The next thing to do is to create a list of schools that offer the type of program that you want.

Resources to consult: