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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Student and adviser seated across from each other, looking at a website called Find Your Future

Major and Career Exploration

Deciding on a major and/or career is a process which involves personal reflection and dedicated research to reach a best-fit decision. No matter where you are at in the process, the First Year Advising Center is here to help! 
Reflect On Your Interests

If you are unsure of your major and career interests, it may be a good idea to first reflect on your interests, values, personality, skills and leisure activities. Below you will find a link to Focus2 OU, an online assessment tool that encourages self-discovery and provides resources and results that can aid in your major and career selection process. Start your self-reflection today and explore your major and career options. 

Contact your adviser to go over results or for help with any questions you may have about your major or career.


Give Focus 2 OU A Try

Explore Additional Resources

Use these resources in addition to the results of your Focus2 OU assessment to help make a major and career decision that fits you best. It is important to learn as much as you can about the majors and careers that you are considering. These resources offer the research and data needed to help plan out your future goals. 

Online Resources
Online resources are great places to start the investigation process. Here are websites that we have found particularly helpful:
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: This government website provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations. 
  • What can I do with this major?: The Career Tool gives you insight to career possibilities that relate to specific majors here at OU. 
  • CareerOneStop: Click on “Explore Careers” to view occupation profiles, employment trends and wage information on this government supported website. 
  • Bigfuture by The College Board: Begin by clicking on the "Explore Careers" tab.  You can explore career ideas and match your interests with careers. If you select “Major and Career Search” underneath that "Explore Careers"  tab you can view major and career profiles which include a description of the major and/or career.
  • O*NET: Use the “Skills Search” (located under the ‘Advanced Search’ options) to select your skill set and see how they match up with occupations.  “Find Occupations” will allow you to search occupations by keyword, browse by job family and explore how knowledge, skills, abilities, interests and work values relate to various occupations.
Face-to-face Connections

Sometimes the best way to learn about a major or career is to go straight to the source. Interacting directly with individuals who have experience in a specific major or career can provide the insight needed to determine if this major or career is a good fit for you.

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 Shadowing: Job shadowing is 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 Office for Student Involvement provides a list of community agencies and events in need of volunteers.
Decide on your best fit

It is important to keep yourself organized during the research process to avoid becoming overwhelmed and to help you make your ultimate decision easier. Make sure to find what works best for you. Below are examples of a few organizational systems and things to keep in mind.

Changing Your Major

  • If you are a first-year student, contact your FYAC adviser and they will direct you to the necessary form to request a major change. It might also be helpful to set up an in-person meeting to discuss your change before filling out the form. 
  • If you are a sophomore, junior or senior, go to the general advising website to find the school or college of your intended major and request a major change there. 
Engage with your Choice

If you have decided upon a major and/or career look at the resources below.