Explore Careers and Majors

Chart Your Course

Career paths are rarely linear. Whether you're just starting out or part of the way through your time at Tufts, there are a variety of things you can do now to prepare for your future. Every class and experience will build your skills, focus your interests and inform your goals. Your career is an evolving, dynamic, multifaceted experience—not a static fixture in your life.

The career development process is a lifelong journey that involves setting and refining goals over time. The earlier you begin to focus on your career development, the better prepared you will be to decide which path you will choose and to pursue the opportunities available to you.

The Tufts Career Center offers extensive resources to help you explore career options and develop strategies for pursuing your goals. These include career education programs, individual career advising services, and comprehensive resources designed to help you assess your skills, interests, values, competencies and experiences. We also help you understand the role that society, as well as your culture and family, can play in influencing your major and career decisions.

Basic Elements of Your Career Development Journey:

Reflect & Discover

Explore Careers

Build Skills & Gain Experience

Take Action

Each of these areas involves action steps that we can help you complete before you move on to your next career development phase. These steps can be completed as suggested below to assist you in your journey through Tufts.


Reflect and Discover

Get to know yourself: What do you enjoy? What are your strengths? Begin to identify your values, interests, skills, and personality preferences. Gaining awareness of these core “satisfiers” will help you link to potential career fields.

A few action steps are:

Explore Careers

Research career possibilities, learn the connections between courses, concentrations, and careers. Discover the benefits of experiential learning (shadowing, internships/winternships and informational interviews.

Action Steps at This Stage:


Build Skills & Gain Experience

Polish your resume and cover letter writing skills. Refine your career goals and strategy. Test your potential career paths through informational interviewing, internships, and relevant part-time and summer jobs and determine a potential career direction.

Suggested Action Steps:


Take Action

Make an informed and meaningful career decision. Remember that the decisions you make today will not define your entire career. Instead, focus on the experiences you would like to gain over the next couple of years.

As You Prepare for Life After Tufts: