One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (Religion) or by career field (Public Service or Social Science) and see what some alumni art majors are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni Religion majors:
Social Worker, State of Hawaii
Project Assistant, Camp Dresser McKee, Inc.
Assistant Director of Admissions, Boston University
Financial Aid Administrator, U.S. Department of Education
Admissions Advisor, California State University
Development and Member Services Association Manager, American Thyroid Association
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you will the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment services have numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
Opportunities in Religious Service Careers by John Oliver Nelson.
Know Your Skills
Analysis: Reading critically, evaluating evidence, comparing interpretations
Communication: Persuasive writing, public speaking, debate
Cross-Cultural: Interacting with people of different belief systems, maintaining a global perspective
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviews provide the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview, start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts.
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At Career and Employment Services, we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn how internships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
Seattle Metro Young Life
Phoenix Housing Network
Case Aide Intern
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career and Employment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.