Majors & Careers

Choose a Major

Swarthmore students declare their majors in their sophomore spring semester. Career Counselors are available to assist you with the major selection process. We offer career assessments to help clarify personality and interest factors as they relate to majors and careers. If you're having trouble deciding on a major, think about your past courses and professors. Which courses did you look forward to attending? In which courses did you enjoy doing the assignments? Did you feel at home in any particular department? Your answers to these questions can give you good clues about possible majors and/or minors. Also, take time to talk with friends, family, professors, and academic advisors to receive their input about which majors they think would best suit you.

Learn About Careers

As Career Counselors, we know about a wide array of career options.  The following resources are excellent starting points to help you learn about the variety of career options for Swarthmore graduates.  

Recommended Career Exploration Resources:

  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center  (contact us for username and password) features industry profiles and job hunting skills
  • Vault: Excellent resource with downloadable career guides; employer profiles and rankings; discussion boards; industry blogs and news covering the latest trends and issues; diversity, green programs and leadership development profiles; and Vault's job board, which matches employers and recruiters with top talent.
  • Glassdoor gives you an inside look at jobs, salaries, company reviews and interview questions.
  • CareerBliss Find jobs with this 3 million job Cultural Job Search Engine

Alumni Sponsored Resources:

  • Alumni Career Profiles: Find out what alumni are doing with their degrees and find alums willing to serve as career mentors or internship sponsors.
  • Alumni Online Directory: The full database of all 18,000 Swarthmore alumni, with contact information. Students are welcome to join the this online community (after completing one semester),and find alums in cities and fields you are interested in. 
  • Attend events at Swarthmore: Career Services, the Alumni Center, the Lang Center, and many student organizations bring alumni to campus. Seize the opportunity to learn about a wide array of career options without even leaving campus. 
  • Post-graduate Plans by Major:  Find out what the first jobs were of recent graduates from the classes of 2004-2013.

Additional Career Exploration Resources:

  • America's Career Infonet: This site is part of the US Department of Labor sponsored Career Kit.
  • Career Overview: Job descriptions including qualifications and salaries.
  • Career Voyages: A website from the Department of Labor about high-growth jobs.
  • DiversityJobs Street Smart: Minority employees sharing valuable lessons they don't teach in school.
  • JustJobs Academy: Career lessons that will send you to the top of any employer's shortlist.
  • Occupational Information Network (O*Net):  A comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics.
  • Occupational Outlook: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics resource to learn about careers, including nature of work, working conditions, educational qualifications, job outlook and more.
  • One Day One Job: Highlights one company each day and discusses its entry-level job offerings. The posts are completely editorial in nature, and give students a starting point for researching a company.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? Provides general areas, employers, and information/strategies relating to specific career fields.

Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor for personalized help through the major selection and career exploration process by stopping by Parrish 135 or calling 610-328-8352.