/ Asked by Julie
I will be graduating in April 2016 with a degree in Sociology and will be looking for a full-time position. I am uncertain of what career field I would like to enter and specifically what positions I want to apply for. While in college I gained work and internship experience in several fields including marketing, public relations, academic research, organizational behavior, and event planning. I have done extensive research and am considering applying for positions in Human Resources but am not enamored by that prospect. Any suggestions on entry-level positions I could seek out that would help me gain experience as a newly-minted college grad? Any fields you think would be a good fit based upon my experience?
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
You have a wide range of opportunities available for you. My suggestion is for you to first find out what excites you, where is your passion? You should be seeking a role to build your career and not just take anything. As my colleague says: you want to right opportunity that will open up doors later on. After you determine what motivates you, start using your network to find out what roles are out there and who is currently in those roles. You can reach out to those people to better understand their work life and see if that’s truly where you want to be. I would also suggest you tailor your resume to highlight those relevant experiences for that position.
Best of luck! 
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
It sounds like you have had some great experiences, and my suggestion would be to review those opportunities and identify the one you loved getting up for everyday and couldn't wait to get there, that is perhaps the industry you should consider a position.  If out of those experiences, you have not found one that you believe to be a long term career, consider getting an opportunity in Human Resources to see if that maybe the one!  Human Resources has so many different areas to consider: recruiting, employee relations, learning and development, training, compensation, benefits, generalist and many more.  Each of these areas utilizes a different set of skills and you may find something there that you really enjoy.  It is always a great idea to explore an area that interest you to rule it out or possibly find THE one!  Good Luck
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, February 22, 2016
A great way to get an understanding of the types of roles that are available across various industries is to attend a career fair. When preparing to attend the fair, do some research on the list of companies ahead of time so you can identify the ones that you find interesting or where you might be able to see yourself work. During the career fair you can talk to the representatives to better understand what your career options might be at each of the firms.
You could also ask a professor in your Sociology department to help you get connected to other Sociology majors from your school. With their help, you can further explore how they might have put their major to good use and give you some additional guidance on how to choose a career right out of college. Those graduates may also be able to help you get connected to other professionals across various industries, or other Sociology majors that they know.
The Consulting industry is one that is welcoming to students from all majors. Within Consulting, you also get a chance to explore various types of industries and work with different clients. Some key skills needed within Consulting are being a problem solver, a critical thinker and having business acumen. If these skills resonate with you, I’d recommend asking your Career Center for help in identifying some of the Consulting companies that might recruit at your school.
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