When choosing a concentration, students often ask about the connection between a concentration and a career. Brown’s Open Curriculum provides students the freedom to explore a range of academic disciplines based on their own interests and goals and to direct the course of their education. This can feel both exciting and overwhelming!
Sometimes academic interests directly correlate to a particular career field and the academic knowledge gained from courses is needed to pursue particular jobs. But most often, the knowledge and skills gained from a concentration is applicable to a wide range of careers. This is what makes the Open Curriculum and liberal learning at Brown so inspiring. You can choose a concentration to study in depth and also explore a breadth of courses outside your concentration. All of which will guide you as you decide what internships to explore and what to pursue for your first job after Brown.
This is what makes the Open Curriculum and liberal learning at Brown so inspiring.
Career counselors are available to meet with students and help make sense of what you have gained from your concentration and how this connects to different career fields. And your academic background is only one part of your undergraduate experience that interest employers. Your campus activities outside of class, internships, work, volunteering, and more, all play a role in how employers evaluate you for a position.
CareerLAB offers numerous tools to explore the paths alums have taken from various concentrations.
- The Focal Point website contains an “Alumni Pathways section” (located at the bottom right of each page) which provides examples of the various careers that alums have pursued from each concentration, as well as their first job after graduation.
- The alumni database in BrownConnect allows you to search for alums by concentration and industry. You can then set up a conversation with an alum to learn more about the connection between their concentration and their individual career path.
- CareerLAB’s Undergraduate Post-Graduation Data shows what Brown alums were engaged in within nine months of graduating – whether they were employed, pursuing an advanced degree, or participating in other endeavors. The data can also be filtered by concentrations and industries.
Make an appointment through Handshake to speak with a career counselor about the connection between your concentration and potential careers, and what options may be available to you based on your academic interest. The possibilities may be broader than you think!