Area: Business and Industry

Sub-Area:

  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • 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)

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

Area: Healthcare

Sub-Area:

  • Medicine Specializing in Women's Issues:
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Breast Cancer
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Fertility
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry

Employers:

  • Healthcare settings exclusively for women
  • Organizations devoted to women's health including:
    • National Women's Health Organization
    • CDC Women's Health Department
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • 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

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

Area: Human Services

Sub-Area:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Case Management
  • Programming
  • Community Relations
  • Administration

Employers:

  • 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.

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

Area: Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • School Counseling
  • Student Affairs
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Information/Library Science
  • Community Education

Employers:

  • 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.)

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

Area: Writing

Sub-Area:

  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Copy Writing

Employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Large corporations
  • Self-employment

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

Area: Law and Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Law
    • Corporate Practice
    • Public Interest Law
    • Civil Law (family, discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.)
  • Lobbying
  • Government Relations
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Intelligence
  • Campaign Management
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Program Administration

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Public defenders offices
  • District attorneys
  • Government agencies
  • Public interest groups
  • Legal aid
  • Sole practitioner
  • Lobbying groups

Strategies & Information:

  • 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.

General Information and Strategies