Congratulations! You are ready to start thinking about life after Grinnell--it can be a big and scary next step, but we've got several resources to help make the process smoother and less terrifying.
If you are considering further studies in sociology, check out our section on graduate school for helpful graduate school planning guides and articles to help you figure out if graduate school is the right path for you.
Another popular option that many grinnellians choose is service work--this includes the Peace Corps, Teach For America, Grinnell Corps and many other service opportunities, so take a look at our section on post-graduate service work for ideas and alumni stories on their experiences.
Visit the Career Development Office for more detailed information, but here are a couple useful tools and guides (compiled from the CDO website and Grinnell sociology professors) to get you started:
- Career Development Guide: Resume samples, interview strategies, networking advice, and career planning worksheets.
- FOCUS Career Assessment: A self-paced, online career and education planning tool. Username: grinnell Access Code: pioneers
- Graduate and Professional School Guide 2010: Information on how to begin preparing for your post-Grinnell education
- Post-Graduate Service Options: Information on programs such as GrinnellCorps, Teach for America, Americorps, etc. from Grinnell's Office for Social Commitment
Sociology Specific Career Resources
- ASA: Research Brief--Sociology Major Career Paths
- College Board's Sociology Major Profile for Career Possibilities
- Northern Illinois University's Sociology Major Links and Resources
General Career Resources
- Grinnell College CDO's Occupational Research Resources
- Career Exploration
- The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers
- The Nonprofit Expert
Advice from Alumni
In 2006, Professor Hunter surveyed several sociology major alumni for their advice to current sociology students considering graduate school in urban planning, public health, social work, or sociology academia. These alumni articles are available to all declared sociology majors.
Accessing these alumni reflections will require a PionerWeb log in. You can also access it by following this path from your PioneerWeb homepage: Community > My Organizations Plus > Advice and Help for Sociology Majors > Discussion Boards