Exploring Majors & Careers

exploringmajors_700Understanding yourself is the first step to identifying an appropriate major/career.  It is important to choose a professional path that aligns with your interests, skills, values and personality! The Counselors at the Center for Career Development are equipped with the tools and resources to help you explore your interests and relate them to an applicable major/profession.

Choosing a major can be one of the biggest decisions that you will make throughout your college career. It is important to understand that choosing a major does not bind you to a specific career for life. For instance, if you choose to major in Psychology, it does not necessarily mean you have to be a Psychologist. A college degree is a foundation that you can build off of, and each position is a stepping stone to your ultimate goal. Explore your major/career options to identify entry-level positions, salary, advancement opportunities, etc. Be sure to fully understand what it means to major in a particular area!

Career Advisement appointments are available for counselors to meet with students on a one-on-one basis to discuss individual needs and goals, as well to develop an effective “action plan” on how to reach those goals.

Online Resources for Career Research

  • What Can I Do With This Major? Ever wonder where your major can take you? This site outlines where students have gone to work after their studies. For instance, with an English degree, where can that take you? … MANY PLACES! The content includes a list of potential employers, specific strategies to obtain employment, and links to career sites based on major.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Produced by the United States Department of Labor Statistics, this site includes industry information by specific occupation. Content includes required training, salary, advancement opportunities, related careers, and more.
  • Occupational Information Network – The O*NET system serves as the nation’s primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive content on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
  • Job Shadow – Ever wonder what it would be like to pursue a particular field? Want to learn from someone who has been there? Through this resource, you’ll have the opportunity to view interviews and obtain information from real world professionals regarding their particular field, job, or career.
  • NACE Salary Calculator – This site, produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, provides salary information for more than 1,000 occupations in 560+ regions nationwide.