A Harvard education is the springboard to an enormous range of possible careers. Some careers may require that you complete advanced studies in a graduate or professional program, while giving you complete flexibility in choosing your concentration. For some – e.g., certain careers in STEM fields – you may need to pursue related STEM concentrations in college. The skills you develop in any of Harvard’s 49 concentrations will prepare you to embark on many other kinds of careers.
Career planning in college requires
- thinking deeply about what interests you and why
- be open to the possibility that your interests may change – even dramatically – in college
- knowing your options
- research different career paths
- pursue internship or other hands-on learning opportunities
- forming connections with people (faculty, staff, fellow students) who can mentor and support you, and help you meet your goals
It’s never too early to think about your future, but your first task – as a Harvard college student – is to find that area of study, and the specific concentration, that you’re most excited to pursue.
To learn about careers and career pathways, or to search for jobs or internship opportunities, visit the Office of Career Services (OCS).
Frequently Asked About Careers
Harvard does not offer vocational training or pre-career career concentrations or tracks. Instead, students have the option of completing prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in post-graduate programs of study (e.g., medical school for students interested in health professions) or of exploring possible career interests through elective or concentration coursework (e.g., courses pertaining to the law and its applications for students interested legal professions).
For information on what the alumni of Harvard’s 49 concentrations have gone on to do post-graduation, check out concentration pages on the concentrations website or the 49 Book. And speak with concentration advisers (contact information for whom also appears on the concentrations website and in the 49 Book.)