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 clusters you pursue may not be directly related to 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 to discover how to apply what you have learned in your courses of study to a particular field of interest. Your co-curricular experiences may also yield valuable applications to various fields.
For each of the clusters, the Center provides tailored programs, events, workshops and coaching geared specifically to the needs of students and to the needs of employers looking for qualified students in the specific industries. Check out the information below about the seven clusters; you’ll find resume and cover letter samples, as well as a listserv associated with each one. 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, and Photography; Entertainment: New Media, TV, and Film; Fiction and Nonfiction Publishing: Writing, Journalism, and Illustration; Television and Radio Broadcasting; Museums and 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, Nonprofits
K-12, Higher Education, Community Organizations, Nonprofits, Ministry, Social Services, Mental Health, Environment and Sustainability
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, Law
Public Policy, Think Tanks, Human Rights, Poverty, International Development, International Relations, Military, Government, Politics, Law