Meet with one of our Career Counselors to help you discover how your values, skills, personality and interests relate to a major or career field.
The following exercises are also helpful in determining interests, values, and skills:
- Examining your Interests: Interests Checklist
- Identifying your Values: Values Worksheet
- Recognizing your Skills: Skills Worksheet
6 Myths about Deciding on a Major or Career Path
"I have to pick the major that directly relates to the career I want to pursue."
"All of my friends know what they are going to major in."
Statistics show that up to 50% of students are unsure of their major when they enter college.
"Once I declare a major, I will be stuck with it."
50-70% of college students change their major at least once. On average students change their major 3 times before they graduate.
"I can just take that test, it will tell me what I should be."
There is no test that will tell you what career path you should choose, you know yourself better than anyone. There are several individuals and resources that can help you to explore your interests, personality, and skills; but ultimately the expert on you is YOU!
"I should study the job market and pick a major based on the careers with the most rapid growth."
Knowing what's hot in the job market is important information, but job markets can change quickly. Choose a major that fits your skills and interests. Remember—employers hire people NOT majors.
"I don't have a social security number so that means I cannot get a job."
While there are some careers such as government, law enforcement, nursing, and education that require extensive background checks and state certifications, not all fields require a social security number.
Career Exploration Resources
- What can I do with this major? Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
- Exploring Majors is designed to help students research their major options. It includes information about majors, skills, and abilities needed to be successful in the field, and outlines what recent graduates are doing with the major.
- O*NET contains information on hundreds of occupations and provides career exploration and assessment instruments for professionals and students looking to find or change careers.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) covers hundreds of occupations and includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
- Federal Jobs by College Major allows you to identify opportunities for federal employment. The Federal Resume Guidebook, by Kathryn Troutman is also a good resource.
For more details, review the Know Yourself section of the Career and Internship Guide
Career assessments can help you make career decisions based on your skills, interests, and personality type.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can assist you with learning about your personality type and helps you understand:
- Your motivations, strengths and potential areas for growth
- How people differ and the unique gifts they contribute
- How to improve your relationships with others who have differing views
- Your preferred style of working, studying and relating to others
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) compares your likes and dislikes to those of people in the work force. The SII can help you identify:
- Type of work activities you might enjoy
- Work environment you'd be most comfortable in
- Learning environment is best suited for you
- Major areas of study you might pursue
- Professional occupations you might investigate
- How confident you feel about pursuing various activities.
SkillScan assessment tools* can help you with identifying transferable skills and applying the results to career planning, career change, professional development and self-marketing for the job search. You can learn more about skills categories here.
*The SkillScan assessment can be done online through Career Driver or in person with your Career Counselor through a card sort activity.
Current students and recent alumni: $15 for each assessment; MBTI, SII, SkillScan-Career Driver
Current students: StrengthsFinder is offered free of charge. Create your account, take the assessment, and bring your top 5 Signature Strengths report with you to your appointment.
Alumni who graduated more than 6 months ago: $50 for one assessment (either MBTI, SII, or SkillScan-Career Driver); $75 to take two assessments
All assessments include a one-hour interpretation session with a counselor