Gaining exposure is an important step to take in advancing your career development. Career exploration consists of researching industries and occupations, as well as learning nuanced information about day to day activities and tasks of unique roles. Here are some selected sites to help you being your research.

Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession--and how to position yourself. *To access this resource in your Handshake account, select “Career Center” on the main tool bar and “Resources” in the drop-down menu.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation. The data haw proven vital in helping people find the training and jobs they need, and employers find the skilled workers necessary to be competitive in the marketplace.

Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is exactly what it sounds like -- interviews designed to gather information, ideally information you’ll need to assist or refine your career decision-making.

The best way to learn what you really want in a career is to talk with the people in that career field. Because of the exploratory nature of informational interviews, they are particularly effective for college students, who are just embarking on the career development process.

You obtain a great deal of information about your career field and the skills needed to do that job effectively. You gain a perspective of work that goes beyond the limitations of job titles, allowing you to see not only what skills are required for the job, but also how you might fit into that work setting. Thus, you have greater flexibility in planning options.

Because informational interviewing is comparatively low-stress, you’ll gain confidence in talking with people while learning what you need to know. Because you are only asking for information, you are in control of the interview; you decide which questions to ask. Later, evaluate the acquired information in relation to your organizational / industry research.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is an opportunity to “shadow,” observe, and follow someone in your potential field while the professional is at work. Usually for a set period of time, shadowing can last anywhere from one hour to a week or longer. It all depends on the program, employer, and industry.

This is the time to observe the career’s culture, explore, and ask questions. However, it’s important to understand that job shadowing is different (and much shorter) than an internship. You most likely will not be “hands on” and you won’t be gaining any career experience. Job shadowing is solely to understand what the professional does in their day to day activities.

 

Undergraduate Emory students of all colleges and schools are invited to participate in Emory Career Discovery Days! This program is designed to help Emory students learn what “it is really like” to work in a job, industry or organization by providing the opportunity to shadow a professional for a day. This is a great way to explore various career options and build professional connections. 

A shadowing experience may help you identify majors/careers to pursue, further confirm your interest in a career, or it may steer you into a new career direction completely. It may also help you to decide whether a career may be a good fit for you based on your interests, skills and abilities. Ultimately, this program will help you gain exposure to things you cannot learn online. 

Students must attend a mandatory one-hour orientation session and fill out an application to participate. Orientation sessions in the spring are offered in February and fall orientations will be held in October. Several orientation sessions will be offered each semester for students to choose from, and all of these will be listed in Handshake.

Once you submit your application and you are matched with a host, you are required to participate in the program. You will only be matched with hosts you select on your application unless you indicate you are open to shadowing any host.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to the host site if the shadowing is to be held in person and to come prepared with questions. Once the matches have been made, you will be notified by an Emory representative of your host match and you will reach out to the host directly to schedule a mutually convenient time in which to conduct the shadowing experience. 

You will receive an application to apply after you attend one of the 1 hour mandatory orientation sessions. Visit Handshake to see the dates & times for upcoming orientation sessions.

A variety of professionals will participate from the following industries: Arts & entertainment, healthcare, business, government, technology and other industries. A list will be shared with students at the mandatory orientation session.

Shadowing opportunities are currently all virtual (held via Zoom, Webex or other virtual means) due to COVID-19. Typically in person shadowing are offered in the following geographic locations:

Fall: Atlanta

Spring/Summer: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco or Washington, DC

Information Sessions

Many of the employers who visit campus to conduct interviews will also host Information Sessions (Info-Sessions) prior to their on-campus interview date. This is a great networking opportunity for potential candidates to meet the recruiting contacts, alumni, and professionals from the host organizations.

Most information sessions to run one to two hours in length. Presentations will address an employer's products or services, career opportunities, and business culture. A question and answer period typically follows. Refreshments and snacks are occasionally served.

**Important: These employer events are intended for Emory College Undergraduate students and Goizueta Business School Undergraduate students only.**

To see our upcoming list of information sessions visit: Upcoming Employer Information Session

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 200 Dowman Drive B. Jones Center, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Phone: 404-727-6211
Email: careercenter@emory.edu
Regular Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Campus Closures / Holiday ScheduleThe Emory Career Center will be closed per the Emory University holiday schedule. In the case of inclement weather, Emory University will announce any additional closures through CEPAR (Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response).

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