Once you have gained a basic level of familiarity with your goals, we encourage you to focus on specific industries.
The Center for Student Professional Development has divided the world of work into seven different groups, or industry clusters. The cluster(s) you may be involved with might be independent from your major. For example, English majors sometimes find themselves in the music industry and Engineering majors may find themselves on Wall Street.
The cluster approach allows you to explore your interests in various fields and see how you can apply what you have learned in your courses of study to a particular field of interest.
Each of the clusters provides tailored programs, events, workshops, and coaching geared specifically to the needs of the students and to the employers looking for qualified students in a specific industry. All clusters have resume and cover letter samples as well as a listserv associated with them. Our coaching staff can answer any questions you have about any of these clusters so be sure to ask!
Explore Industries by Cluster
Arts, Media, Communications
(Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Creative Arts: Music, Dance, Photography, Entertainment: New Media, TV, and Film, Fiction and Non Fiction Publishing: Writing, Journalism, and Illustration, Television and Radio Broadcasting, Museums, Galleries, Auction Houses, Architecture, Culinary Arts)
Consulting, Management (Leadership Training Programs), Human Resources
(Consulting, Management (Leadership Training Programs), Human Resources, Sales, Hospitality, Tourism, Restaurant Industry, Fashion, Sports)
Education, Community Organizations, and Nonprofits
(K-12, Higher Education, Community Organizations, Nonprofits, Ministry, Social Services, Mental Health)
Engineering, Information Technology
(Engineering, Aeronautical, Automotive, Oil, Gas & Electric, Consumer Products, Process Design, Construction, Structures, Transportation, Defense, Electronics, Systems, Technology, Computers, Software, IT, Medical Devices)
Finance, Real Estate, Insurance
(Finance, Banking, Corporate Finance, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Venture Capital, Real Estate, Actuarial, Insurance)
(Health Care, Medicine, Global Healthcare, Public Health, Health Care Policy, Pharmaceuticals, BioTechnology)
Public Policy, Government, and Law
(Public Policy, Think Tanks, Human Rights, Poverty, International Development, International Relations, Military, Government, Politics, Law