Major and Career Exploration
Reflect on Interests, Skills and Values
If you are a unsure of your major and career interests, it may be a good idea to reflect upon your interests, skills, and values. Below you will find resources and tips on how learning more about yourself can aid in your major and career selection process.
When searching for a best-fit major or career, it is important to consider these three characteristics:Interests: What are you passionate about? What will keep you interested and motivated for a significant period of time? Take an interest inventory.
Skills: What are you good at now? What, with some time and education, could you see yourself being good at in the future? Take inventory of your skills. Select “Start your skills profile” to begin.
Values: What is important to you? When thinking about your future career, what characteristics are must-haves and what are deal-breakers? Gain a deeper understanding of your values.
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII): Learn more about areas that interest you
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Learn more about your personality type.
Investigate Majors and Career Options
In order to make a decision that best fits you, it is necessary to learn as much as you can about the majors and careers that you are considering.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: This website provides detailed information about careers.
- What Can I Do With This Major?: This website gives you insight to career possibilities that relate to specific majors.
- Courses: Try to pick general education courses that allow you to explore your major and career interests. View general education courses.
- Professors: Professors offer great insight into career options and major knowledge. To contact a professor, use your syllabus or the directory. All correspondence with professors should be in a professional manner.
- Informational Interviews: An informational interview is a great way to research a career by interviewing a person already employed in that field. These interviews allow you to obtain information about the career field and learn about the skills and educational experiences you will need to enter the field. Review a list of sample questions you can ask. Supplemental resources are also available through Career Services.
- Job Shadows: Job shadows are one step further than informational interviews. Instead of a brief meeting, the person investigating the career spends a substantial period of time (generally one hour to one day) observing a professional's day-to-day work activities.
- Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering is an awesome way to give back but can also help you to explore your interests with minimal investment. The Center for Student Activities provides a list of community agencies and events in need of volunteers.
Decide on Your Best Fit
Engage With Your Choice
If you have decided upon a major and/or career look at the resources below.
- Join student organizations and volunteer
- Meet with Career Services and talk about internships
- Meet regularly with professors and academic advisers
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