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How My Major Might Affect My Future

Keeping On Track For Your Career Search

From Career Services 646-2215

Constructing Your Portfolio

Take advantage of this year by building your portfolio, recognizing and expanding upon your skills and interests now. This will lay the groundwork for future decisions such as selecting a major, career planning or graduate school.

Maximize your Dartmouth experience by building your skills and interests through:


Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to major in economics to work in business, nor does having a history degree mean that you can only teach history. For many careers, you can major in almost any area and still be a hot job candidate. Why? Because employers seek transferable skills, skills you can learn in one environment and transfer to another. This means that you can take the sociology, astronomy, or language classes that most interest you and, in the process, learn the analytical, research, observational, and writing skills employers are looking for.

Visit Career Services for:

  • Information on what Dartmouth alumni/ae in different majors have done since graduating.
  • Coaching from career counselors on 1) defining the skills and knowledge you want to develop in your coursework, 2) relating your major and other class work to your future career,
  • Resources on various careers and graduate programs.

Activities & Work Experience:

Extracurricular activities, work experience, and internships help to round out your Dartmouth experience. The activities and internships you pursue outside the classroom give you the opportunity to experiment with a variety of interests: you can demonstrate your commitment to specific areas, such as public policy, the outdoors, scientific research, or the arts, or you can take advantage of the chance to try out new things!

Visit Career Services for:

  • Ways to identify and inventory your skills and interests.
  • Ideas from career counselors on how to translate your skills and interests into careers or graduate study.
  • Strategies to explore further your skills and interests through internships and other activities.

Career Services provides you with resources for selecting academic majors as well as information on graduate programs and internship opportunities. Whether you're preparing to go into a specific field after graduation or figuring out what you might want to do for your leave term, Career Services counselors can answer your questions. They can guide you as you piece together academics, activities and work experiences to help you make the most of your Dartmouth experience.

Last Updated: 10/14/14