Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Since 1996, Vault has been providing in-depth career intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how candidates can position themselves to launch and build the careers of their dreams. Vault’s company rankings, employer profiles, verified employee reviews, guides, and internships deliver relevant content aimed at individual career seekers that will support them during every step of their career journeys.

Vault aims to give all career seekers, regardless of their background, access to the best possible career insights, expert advice, and connections. It empowers career seekers to navigate their careers from a position of strength, knowledge, and assurance by providing them with access to employers, career guides, and other unique resources they will actually use because they’re built with verified know-how. 

Company Rankings and Profiles

Every year, Vault surveys nearly 100,000 young professionals to identify which employers are most in demand. Vault’s expert editors compile in-depth company profiles and rank companies based on prestige, diversity, quality of life, and overall experience in order to give students and other job seekers an unbiased look at the best places to work. Vault provides detailed information on 1,200+ professions and more than 4,500 companies in more than 150 industries, covering education requirements, skill requirements, salaries, advancement prospects, and more. Its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews of thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs are regularly featured and cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Money, and countless other news outlets.

Career Guides & Advice

Vault publishes numerous employer, career, internship, résumé, and interviewing guide books that students and alumni can access and download directly from its website, with new and updated guides added regularly. With Vault’s guides, students can gain nuanced insights and resources that level the playing field, no matter what profession they’re passionate about. Forbes calls Vault’s guides “CliffsNotes for Careers”!

Titles include:

  • Vault Guide to Behavioral Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Case Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Finance Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Networking
  • Vault Guide to Top Internships
  • Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms
  • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management & Strategy Consulting Firms
  • Vault Guide to the Top 25 Banking Employers
  • Vault Career Guide to Accounting
  • Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media
  • Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Vault Job Search Guide for MBAs and B-School Grads
  • Vault Guide to the International MBA Job Search
  • And many more!

Vault Law

The Vault Law section helps legal jobseekers find the employers and career paths that best fit their values and goals. The Vault Law team has been providing law students, laterals, and other legal professionals with intel on the nation’s top law firms since 1996. Legal jobseekers will find:

  • Law firm rankings derived from the feedback of more than 20,000 law firm associates nationwide, including the Vault Law 100, regional and practice area rankings, quality of life rankings, diversity rankings, summer program rankings, and midsize law firm rankings.
  • Law firm profiles that give the inside scoop on what life is really like at top law firms, with need-to-know stats and real associate reviews about firm culture, training, career outlook, pro bono, diversity—and much more.
  • Vault Law Resource Centers on specific topics that bring together resources like Vault law firm profiles and insider information from the firms, including the Summer Program Resource Center to help law students succeed in interviews and select their summer associate experience and Practice Area Resource Centers and Q&As with attorneys who provide firsthand perspectives about what it’s really like to practice in dozens of areas.
  • The Vault Law blog, which contains advice on everything from outlining and law school exams to networking and OCI to the bar exam and beyond.
  • And more!

  • Career Guides, résumé and cover letter samples, industry profiles, career profiles, and interviewing tips; Guides feature dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and APA formats
  • Tips and advice on preparing for an interview, finding a career path, and thriving at work
  • “A Day in the Life” section with in-depth profession overviews that spotlight the main duties of each profession, the work environment, training requirements, advancement prospects, and other need-to-know information
  • Easy-to-use modern user interface
  • Persistent record links

Empower your students, during and after college, with the career intelligence they need to build the careers they want. Hundreds of prestigious university career centers and educational institutions rely on Vault Campus to help students and alumni find jobs and internships, prepare for interviews, and access the career tools and exclusive insight needed for employment decisions.

Companies wanting to attract the best and brightest new talent in a variety of fields can add customized company profiles to Vault to highlight what makes their companies exceptional places to work. Written by our expert editors and researchers, these authentic and nuanced profiles show how your company fits in and stands out. 

Companies can also register for Vault’s internship rankings program. Vault’s rankings are viewed by 8 million young job seekers every year, and Vault surveys nearly 100,000 students and young professionals annually to identify who they want to work for and why. Vault’s extensive network spans hundreds of campuses and universities as well, offering many opportunities to share your message with students and alumni who would be assets to your company. Additional Vault surveys cover the law, banking, accounting, and consulting industries.

Each year, Vault ranks the Top Internship Programs across 30+ categories, including:

  • Best to Work For
  • Prestige
  • Career Development
  • Diversity
  • Best for Role (e.g., Sales and Marketing)
  • Best in Industry
  • And more!

Vault’s internship surveys and rankings:

  • Are FREE and easy to participate in
  • Focus only on internships: Best Internships Overall, Best Internships by Industry, Best Internships for Diversity, and more
  • Are based entirely on intern feedback
  • Reach the right audience of top university career centers and thousands of 18–24 year-old internship and job seekers.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center






Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

The Essential Career Research Database—Job Profiles, Skills, and Resources

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an award-winning reference database for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers a wealth of resources for users to assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more. It provides users with clean, fast access to core content; a fully responsive design; a seamless multimedia experience; unparalleled, up-to-date information; proprietary directories of apprenticeships and internships; and financial aid and school search databases.

For students choosing a career path, graduates entering the workforce, or professionals changing careers, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center supports users at every step of their career journey.

Take a FREE TRIAL of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center today.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s advice and resources on apprenticeships provides the perfect starting point for anyone seeking to research, find, and apply for an apprenticeship. Watch this brief video where Ferguson’s editor-in-chief James Chambers gives you a tour of the content you can find on apprenticeships in Ferguson’s.

  • Explore Careers: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features expertly researched, detailed content, including video interviews, on more than 150 industries and more than 1,200 professions, with current information on earnings, employment trends, job requirements, and essential skills using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional associations and unions, industry reports, and working professionals. The fastest-growing, highest-paying, most in-demand, and most extraordinary jobs are each highlighted, and new articles on emerging professions, such as artificial intelligence specialists, blockchain developers, and remote health care engineers, are added regularly. More than 230 proprietary video interviews with working professionals are integrated into the professions articles to provide first-hand, on-the-job information.
  • Plan Your Education: This section contains valuable content on education planning, including a School Search, two comprehensive financial aid databases, and advice articles and videos. Students can find the schools that are the best fit—choosing from undergraduate, graduate, and vocational and tech schools in the U.S. and Canada, and narrowing their list by location, enrollment, tuition, areas of study, and other characteristics. Financial aid information is organized into two current databases of grants and scholarships—those offered by schools and those by private organizations—and is also integrated into the school profile pages.
  • Prepare for Your Career: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offers expert advice articles and videos on writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing, networking, and other workplace topics. Users can download sample résumés and cover letters in Word and PDF formats to use as templates to build their own. A special section on networking features 12 articles, written by networking expert Miriam Salpeter, that discuss what networking is (and what it isn’t), how to identify and understand exactly who is in your network, how to manage your online presence and use social topics in a job search, how to make cold calls and handle follow-up, how to maintain and manage your network even after you have a job, and more. This section also includes helpful Career Tips videos that provide essential advice.
  • Find a Career: Find a job with Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s current, searchable, live job postings. For students interested in pursuing an internship or apprenticeship, the proprietary directories, advice articles, and videos in Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offer unmatched content. The Apprenticeship Directory contains thousands of programs with opportunities in every state for 50 career fields. Exclusive articles discuss the ins and outs of apprenticeships in each field. The Internship Directory offers more than 1,000 programs. All directory records discuss the nature of the opportunity, requirements, where and how to apply, and more.
  • Videos: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center contains more than 590 tablet/mobile-friendly videos and clips covering jobs, industries, and career development skills, accessible via the Career Videos landing page and throughout the database. The Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight videos let users get a no-nonsense insider’s perspective from working professionals across multiple industries, including biologists, mobile software developers, FBI agents, museum curators, criminal lawyers, aerospace engineers, and more. The Career Tips video series offers concise, timely advice on job-search techniques and career skills such as writing better résumés and cover letters, networking, interviewing, and advancing your career.
  • Essential Resources for Workplace Skill Building: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s exclusive workplace skills development content can help students prepare for a career in any field and support academic success and general life skills. The extensive section on workplace skills offers in-depth units with tips and exercises for understanding and mastering all-important “soft skills”: communication skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and more. These skills, considered essential by all employers, are often cited as lacking in many new employees and young people entering the workforce.
  • Specialized Advice and Resources: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides advice articles for minorities, people with disabilities, and women seeking to launch and advance their career. These articles discuss education and workplace issues specific to each group with advice for finding solutions for them. Each category includes a directory of selected top resources for finding aid, support, and more information.
  • Career Advice Blog: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features regular new blog posts “From Our Career Experts,” with an archive of more than 2,400 posts on topics such as job searching, workplace issues, interviewing, networking, résumés and cover letters, and salary and benefits.
  • Career Interest Assessment: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s Career Interest Assessment allows users to identify their work-interest areas and match them to possible careers. The two assessment options—60 questions or 30 questions—measure a user’s artistic, conventional, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and social interests and links the results to key Professions articles so users can explore professions that match their interests.
  • Authoritative Source List: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features a complete inventory of the extraordinary amount of content in the database, including titles from Ferguson’s renowned Careers in Focus series and the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance.

  • Fully responsive and mobile friendly—will work on all desktop, mobile, and tablet devices
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats
  • A variety of integration options and partners
  • Option to add institution logo/name to the top of each page
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Infobase Announces Relaunch of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Infobase, the award-winning provider of the Infobase Media Cloud and the Infobase Learning Cloud, today announced the relaunch of the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, with extensive new and updated multimedia career content, a full…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center Relaunched

We are delighted to announce the relaunch of the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center! The database was rebuilt from the ground up, with a completely new design, tons of updates and new content that speak to the needs of today’s users, new interactive tools and resources, and …read more →

Coming Soon: The New & Improved Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

The 2020 career landscape is changing fast. To give users the tools to navigate it even more effectively, Infobase is relaunching Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center later this summer, with a completely new design, tons of updates and new content that speak to the needs of today’s users, n…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Expanded Content on Apprenticeships

For students considering routes to a great career other than attending a four-year college, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s advice and resources on apprenticeships have been completely revised and updated to provide the perfect starting point for anyone seeking to research, find, and apply f…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Updated Industry and Professions Articles

More than 150 Profession articles and more than 40 Industry articles have been updated in Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. These articles have been reviewed and revised to reflect current employment trends and outlook projections, new technologies and practices in various jobs and professions, e…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Expanded Internship Content

Now often seen as an essential stepping stone on the career path, internships are of very high interest to students looking to test out potential careers, gain real work experience, or get their foot in the door of an industry. It is not uncommon for students to have two or more internships before c…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Career Q&A and Career Tips Videos

Twenty-five new Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight videos have just been added to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, bringing the total up to more than 200. This series of 10- to 20-minute video interviews with working professionals across multiple industries gives viewers a no-nonsen…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Professions Articles and Career Q&A Videos Added

More than 20 new Professions articles have just been added to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, joining the thousands of articles across 140 different industries and career fields users can find there. Each thoroughly researched and up-to-date Professions article includes an overview of the profe…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: 2018 Updates

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added 37 new Professions articles, including Fuel …read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Career Tips Videos

A brand-new, proprietary Career Tips video series has been added to Infobase’s Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center database. The first 21 videos in this new series offer concise, timely advice on job-search techniques and career skills such as writing better résumés and cover letters, n…read more →