Vanderbilt graduates go everywhere and your career is not necessarily tied to your major. For example, English majors may find themselves in the music industry, and engineering majors may find themselves on Wall Street. By working with a career coach students can explore their interests in various fields, learn how to tell the story of their education and experience, and apply to work in whatever field of employment interests them.

Start mapping out your future by meeting with one of the professional career coaches either during walk-in hours or by scheduling an appointment. You can schedule your online appointment by going to DoreWays or calling the Career Center (615) 322-2750. The career coach will help you map out a plan for whatever career field you’re interested in. And if you don’t know what you’re interested in, we’ll help with that too! 

All of the coaches in the Career Center are trained on the Wise Wanderings System, a career development system created by Dr. Kate Brooks, the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center here at Vanderbilt. Dr. Brooks developed her system after years of working with college students at several institutions across the country.  She recently authored a new edition of the book she published the system in: You Majored in What? Designing Your Path from College to Career.

Our coaches will help you:

Get the most out of all your classes, not just the ones that seem related to your career

Appreciate and articulate the value of your major and your Vanderbilt education

Make the connections between your studies and the workplace

Impress employers with your knowledge and skills

Identify your skills and create a plan to acquire the skills you need

Map out a plan for achieving your dreams

Analyze and correct the problems which might keep you from attaining your goal

Develop a supportive network

Stay motivated and inspired to do more than you thought possible

Get connected to employers and other post-graduate opportunities

The staff of the Career Center will work with you in person, via e-mail, or over the phone to help you design and develop your dreams—whatever they are.

I am just beginning this process. Help!

I need to take some tests or find a way to learn more about my strengths and skills.

How do I talk about my classes when my major isn’t related to my career interest?

I need to create some great stories to highlight my skills and strengths.

I need to start creating a resume or cover letter.

Can I even get a career in _____________? Am I qualified?

I have no idea where I can work.

I’m aware of areas I need to improve in order to work in my chosen field.

I know my strengths and skills, but I’m not sure what’s out there.

I know I want to work in ____________, but am not sure what the opportunities are.

I know where I want to work; I just don’t know how to get there.

I have a resume but I need to target it to my field of interest.

Is my social media set up for success in my career field? How do I do that?

How do I pursue my interest in ________________?

I need to develop an “elevator” pitch.

I don’t like my internship. Help!

I have an offer from _____________. Should I take it?

I want to stand out in my internship or summer job but am not sure how to do that.

I’m not sure how to network while at my internship or summer job.

I am currently in an internship in my field of interest. Now what?

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Our coaches are assigned by majors (including “Undeclared”). If you know your major, you can easily find your coach here.

You can meet with your coach in person, on Skype or on the phone. Schedule your appointment here.

Your coach isn’t available when you want to see them? Just call our office at (615) 322-2750 and ask for assistance. We’ll get you set up with someone as quickly as possible.

Have a quick question or want your resume reviewed? Try our Walk-Ins—every Monday through Thursday from 2:00-4:00.