Career Paths

Your 4-Year Career Plan

Make the most of your time in college and take concrete steps each year to achieve your career and/or graduate school goals. Career Services & Leadership Development is available to assist you in each stage of this process. 

Your Career/Grad School Plan pdf 

KNOW YOURSELF: Year 1

Ask: 

Who am I? What am I good at? And, what do I enjoy? 

Take Action: 

Graduate School: 

Reflection: 

  • What new discovery did you learn about yourself as a college student? 

  • Is graduate school required for your career path? 

 

EXPLORE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES: Year 2

Ask: 

What careers align with my values, interests, personality and strengths? 

Take Action: 

 

Graduate School: 

 

Reflection: 

  • What are 3 career paths that you found interesting? 

  • Is graduate school required for your career path? 

 

GET EXPERIENCE: Year 3

Ask: 

What practical experiences will improve my skills and clarify my career goals? 

Take Action: 

 

Graduate School: 

  • Complete research with faculty Research graduate/professional schools & admissions requirements 

  • Develop a personal statement 

  • Learn more about graduate programs at SF State 

  • Meet with a Graduate Advisor to explore SF State programs & application process 

 

Reflection: 

  • What skills have you improved and what are your career or graduate school goals?  

  • How do your experiences help build on your career readiness competencies

 

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER: Year 4

Ask: 

How will I implement my career plan? 

 

Take Action: 

 

Graduate School: 

 

Reflection: 

  • What is going well in your job search?  

  • What is not going well in your job search?  

  • What adjustments do you need to make to your career or graduate school plans?  

  • How do you continue to expand your professional development beyond your time at SF State? 

Major Exploration 

Deciding a major to declare can initially seem overwhelming, but there is no need to stress! The Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) is here to walk you through the process. 

Where Are You Now? Every student’s starting place is different. Select the option that most closely describes where you are right now to get started with your major exploration. 

Completely Undecided: “I don’t know where to start.” 
Exploring: “I need help exploring my options.” 
Deciding: “I’m deciding between a few majors.” 
Decided: “I’ve picked the major I want, what do I do next?” 

You can also start exploring by scheduling a major exploration appointment with a UAC Counselor.  

Career Exploration 

Self-exploration is integral in deciding on a major and or career path. We know you want majors and careers that you love, but may not know how to identify the best option. Our career counselors can help you learn more about your greatest career resource—YOU! 

We offer several tests that can help you get to know yourself and the careers that will inspire you. These tools will help identify your strengths, values and interests so that you can make informed career decisions and articulate your unique brand. 

Featured Career Assessments/Tests: 

  • The Clifton Strengths Finder - The Strengths Finder test will help you discover what you naturally do best and learn how to develop your greatest talents. 

  • The Strong Interest Inventory - The Strong Interest Inventory will help you make sense of your core interests so that you can consider potential college majors, careers and the world of work. 

  • MBTI – The MBTI will help you identify your natural preferences in four areas of personality. 

To learn more or take either of these tests, Schedule an Appointment with a Career Counselor. 
*Currently unavailable until a Career Counselor staff is hired. Please use free tests below until further notice.* 

Other Free Tests: 

  Career exploration starts with identifying your skills, interests, and values that you want satisfied by your career. With this knowledge, you are able to generate useful information about yourself and possible career paths. After researching occupations and developing a career plan, you will gain confidence that will lead you forward and land you a meaningful career. 

Career Exploration Resources 

  • O*NET Online and Occupational Outlook Handbook – From the U.S. Dept. of Labor, providing comprehensive information about careers and the labor market. 

  • Myplan.com – Helps you explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you. 

  • Informational Interviewing & Job Shadowing – Informational Interviews & Job Shadows are opportunities to speak with and observe people in occupations you are considering. These practices give you the chance to ask question and imagine yourself in the role. 

  • Zippia – Zippia helps you find new career options and land a job now. Search by your major and see who would be interested in hiring you. 

CSLD Programs 

What Can I Do with This Major?

"What Can I Do with This Major?" is a link that provides concise, tailored information about various majors you might be considering here at SF State. Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for career information about your chosen major, you will find valuable information about:

  • Connecting majors to careers
  • Common career areas for each major
  • Types of employers that hire people with each major
  • Strategies to maximize career opportunities
  • Additional resources and links to learn more about the major and possible career paths

Keep in mind that the information is representative of typical career paths associated with each major and is not a comprehensive list.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY MAJOR

When you click the link above to proceed to What Can I Do With This Major, you will be redirected to an external site, and the list of majors you will see may differ from what is available at SF State. While there are a few SF State majors that do not appear on this list, the large majority of majors are represented; however, some of the titles may differ slightly from the SF State major title.

You may also view a list of all current majors and academic programs offered at San Francisco State University here: SF State Academic Programs.