Business and Industry
- Training and Development
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
- Public and private corporations, particularly
- Women’s divisions
- Female focused industries
- Consulting firms
- Marketing companies
- Public relations agencies
- Organizations for research on and advancement of women in business (i.e., Catalyst)
- Obtain a minor in business or take some general business courses.
- Earn a graduate degree in an area of interest.
- Gain experience through internships or other employment.
- Become current with business and industry literature and news.
- Develop strong computer skills.
- Gain leadership experience through campus involvement or volunteer work.
- When job searching, seek employers interested in hiring “any major.”
- Understand the top skills employers desire and be prepared to demonstrate them, such as communication (oral and written), computer, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork, etc.
- Be willing to start in a management-trainee program or other entry-level positions.
- Medicine Specializing in Women’s Issues:
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Breast Cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Healthcare settings exclusively for women
- Organizations devoted to women’s health including:
- National Women’s Health Organization
- CDC Women’s Health Department
- Private or group practice
- Health networks
- Wellness centers
- Nursing homes
- Mental health institutions
- Federal, state, or local health departments
- Centers for reproductive health
- Planned Parenthood
- Maintain a high grade point average needed for graduate school and professional programs.
- Take prerequisite courses required by professional program, or obtain a related double major or minor.
- Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically to discuss curricular decisions.
- Prepare for and take appropriate admissions tests.
- Obtain summer jobs, volunteer positions, or internships to test field of interest and gain experience.
- Talk to professionals in your field of interest and arrange shadowing opportunities.
- Mental Health Services
- Case Management
- Community Relations
- Private and group practice
- Mental health institutions
- Hospitals and clinics
- Federal, state, or local government, including:
- Department of Human Services
- Veterans Administration
- Women’s service organizations, e.g. Girlscouts, Women for Women, AWARE, About-Face, etc.
- Organizations for women’s aid, e.g. rape crisis, abortion clinics, eating disorder treatment centers, battered women’s shelters, adoption agencies,etc.
- Obtain essential practical experience through parttime or summer jobs and internships.
- Volunteer with organizations for women’s aid such as crisis hotlines, Big Sisters, women’s resource centers, etc.
- Learn to work well with different types of people and gain experience working with diverse clientele.
- Acquire knowledge of government and community resources available for those in need.
- Obtain a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or social work for substantive counseling work and advancement into administrative work.
- Research and pursue specific degrees of interest at the graduate level, including marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, social work, counseling psychology, etc.
- School Counseling
- Student Affairs
- Information/Library Science
- Community Education
- Universities and colleges (Women’s Studies departments)
- Women’s resource centers
- Non-profit organizations
- Government programs, e.g. classes for displaced homemakers, parenting, etc.
- Libraries (for Women’s Studies departments, women’s organizations, museums, etc.)
- Earn a Ph.D. to teach and research in the field of Women’s Studies at four-year institutions.
- Master’s or Ph.D. is required to teach at two-year colleges.
- Obtain masters in library/information science or student affairs if interested in those areas.
- Join related professional associations as a student member.
- Gain experience through volunteer work or internships.
- Get involved in leadership roles on campus such as peer mentor, resident advisor, or orientation leader.
- Develop strong communication and public speaking skills.
- Creative Writing
- Freelance Writing
- Copy Writing
- Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
- Trade, professional, or consumer publications
- Internet sites
- Advertising agencies
- Publishing houses
- Large corporations
- Pair an interest in Women’s Studies with communication skills to write about women, write on topics of interest to women, or for publications targeting a female audience.
- Obtain a minor in English or journalism or take some general writing-focused classes.
- Write for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines, or department/program newsletters.
- Volunteer to assist or tutor students in a writing center.
- Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published.
- Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through writing contests and freelance writing submissions.
- Become familiar with the proposal and submission process involved in freelance writing.
Law and Politics
- Corporate Practice
- Public Interest Law
- Civil Law (family, discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.)
- Government Relations
- Elected or Appointed Leadership
- Public Policy
- Campaign Management
- Special Interest Advocacy
- Program Administration
- Law firms
- Corporate legal departments
- Public defenders offices
- District attorneys
- Government agencies
- Public interest groups
- Legal aid
- Sole practitioner
- Lobbying groups
- Supplement curriculum with relevant courses.
- Maintain a high grade point average.
- Prepare for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
- Participate in activities that develop strong debate and public speaking skills; participate in mock trial.
- Obtain the J.D. for law positions or an advanced degree in political science or public administration for government positions.
- Gain relevant experience through jobs or internships with law firms or government agencies.