Let us help you work through your major and career exploration process!
How to begin
Use the following step-by-step process to assist you in researching your future — while providing some great resources. The Career Center staff are always happy to talk with you about opportunities within a major.
Step 1: Assess Yourself
When searching for a major or a career that fits, first look within. Many people prefer to work in a career that allows them to pursue their interests, use their skills, work according to their values, and act in a manner consistent with their personalities.
Assessments such as our TypeFocus program can help you identify and define your interests (what you like to do), skills (what you are good at), work values (what is important to you), and personality (what personal tendencies do you have). Type Focus presents students with majors and careers that other people with the same or similar characteristics usually prefer.
Step 2: Research Careers
Once you find that out, you might want to learn about what job titles mean, working conditions in that job, required skills and experience, or future job prospects in that area. Resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook can tell you what to expect.
You may wish to talk to people in that field to learn more about what that job is really like. Learning as much as you can about careers of interest will help you rule out some career paths and focus on others.
Step 3: Experience Careers
The best way to know if you are going to enjoy a potential career is to gain experience in your field of choice. Talk with people in the field, enroll in job-shadowing or mentoring programs, or try on a particular career through an internship. If you are interested in trying a career on, the Career Center can help connect you with opportunities in your field.
Step 4: Reflect
Reflecting on your assessed interests, skills, values and personality, your research into the pros and cons of careers, and your experience as an intern can help you decide whether a career is a good fit for you. If the career appears to be a good fit, you can then decide if it is a career worth pursuing. If it isn't, go back and research and experience other career options.
Step 5: Plan
Once you find a career with the right fit, you can begin to plan for your career. What steps will you need to take to make yourself stand out to employers? What experience will make you marketable in the field? The Career Center staff can help you plan your transition from college to career.