Career Development


The Office of Career Development seeks to provide all C-N students and alumni with guidance in all of your career development needs. From exploring majors and career opportunities to assistance with resume and cover letter writing and mock interviews to preparation for post-undergraduate education, Career Development is here to help prepare our students and alumni for the opportunities that await them along their professional journeys.

Join ONLINE ACADEMIC/CAREER ADVISING on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

Focus 2-Online Major and Career Exploration

FOCUS 2 is a self-paced, interactive, online career exploration and planning program for current C-N students and C-N alumni. It offers multiple self-assessment and exploration tools which will be very beneficial to your career decision-making process. You will be able to explore the majors at Carson-Newman and find occupations that match. Once the assessment is completed, the student can meet with a Student Success Advisor to discuss the results.

What Can I Do With This Major?

What Can I Do With This Major? is a great website that allows you to explore multiple majors and search for information on your chosen field. This website allows you to learn about career areas and types of employers that hire people with a particular major. In addition, you are able to learn about strategies that will make you more marketable in your major field.

Most majors that are offered at Carson-Newman are listed. However, the majors listed are not Carson-Newman specific. For example, if your major is Leadership and Ethics, it would fall under the Religion section. Or, if your major is Exercise Science, it would fall under the Athletic and Sport section.

Career Development Resources

Exploring Graduate School

When appropriate for your career goals, graduate school is the perfect way to increase your knowledge and make you more valuable in your career search. Whether you are planning on continuing your studies at Carson-Newman University or another institution, the resources available from the Career Services office will help you prepare for and navigate the graduate school admissions process.

Before you consider looking into graduate school’s, consider this question: Is it right for you?
Look over the following questions to see if it is.

  • Is it necessary for your career/personal goals to attend graduate school directly after receiving your bachelor’s degree?
  • Do the graduate programs in your field of interest look more positively on applicants with some work experience behind them?
  • Is your interest in graduate work personal or professional?
  • If personal, do you feel ready and able to make the necessary time and financial commitments?
  • If your interest is professional, is it imperative that you pursue graduate training immediately in order to further your career goals?

  • How do you feel about studying? Do you feel ready to continue your studies in a more intense and specialized manner?
  • Do you know what course of study you want to pursue in graduate school?
  • Can you imagine focusing your energy on that subject area for eight or more hours each day?
  • Can you afford more schooling? Graduate school, in the short term, is not an income producing venture. Financial aid for graduate students is limited mainly to loans.
  • Are you going to graduate school as a last resort because you can’t find a job in your field or don’t want to tackle the employment market?

  • Explore the job market in your field of interest. See if there are opportunities open at the bachelor’s degree level. Remember, finding a job, like graduate school, takes time, patience, and hard work.
  • Research graduate programs thoroughly to determine how your time will be spent, what the financial obligations will be, and how you will be able to use your graduate degree in the job market or in your future plans.

After considering these questions, do you think graduate school is for you? If the answer to that question is yes, then please click below for more information.

Career Search Websites

  • College Recruiter – Connecting students and graduates to new careers.
  • Indeed – Search thousands of companies and jobs.
  • Monster – Search thousands of companies and jobs.
  • Glassdoor – Search jobs and internships, research companies and salaries, and view past interview questions.
  • BuzzFile – Search for employers by major or state.
  • CollegeGrad – Search for job opportunities for recent college graduates.
  • ZipRecruiter – Search job opportunities for college students and recent graduates. Ability to track your application status.
  • Learn How to Become – Search career paths, job details, and salaries for hundreds of jobs.  
  • IM Diversity – Search for thousands for careers, including multi-cultural focused positions.
  • Jobs4TN – Search for jobs in Tennessee. 
  • Fire Science Online – Information on public service careers. This includes government, non-profit, education, and non-government organizations (NGO’s).
  • CareerShift – One of the leading recruitment and networking platforms in the nation and C-N Career Services’ partner in providing our students such opportunities.