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.

Career Discovery Days

Undergraduate Emory students of all colleges and schools are invited to participate in Emory Connects: 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 will be 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. Login to Handshake to view the times, dates and locations.

Once you submit your application and you are matched with a host, you are required to participate in the program. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to the host site 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 four 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 will be offered in

Fall: TBD

Spring: TBD

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
Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday | 12:00PM - 4:00PM
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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