Explore Majors and Careers

When making decisions about your major and career, it is important to have self-awareness and to research the majors and careers you are considering. Career counselors can help you through the process of choosing a major or career.

Knowing Yourself

It is helpful to identify your strengths, interests, skills, values, and aspects of your personality that you developed through your studies, extracurricular activities, and work experience. While career “tests” or assessments will not tell you what to be, they can help you learn more about yourself and identify potential careers for consideration. University Career Services offers online career assessments free of charge for current Mason students. Meet with a career counselor to discuss which assessment may be appropriate for you.

  • Strengths Assessment: Clifton StrengthsInterest Assessment: Strong Interest Inventory
  • Personality Assessment: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Skills Assessment: SkillScan
  • You can do the following career assessments/exercises on your own:

Self-Assessments

Strengths

What are my top strengths? Take the Clifton Strengths Assessment

How do I use my strengths? Strengths and Career Workbook (PDF)

Interests

How do my interests translate into a career? My Next Move - ONET Interest Profiler

What are my top interests? Interests Checklist (PDF)

Skills

How can I use my skills in a career? CareerOneStop

What do I do best? Skills Checklist (PDF)

Values

What do I want the most in a career? Values Checklist (PDF)

Career Decision Making

What is keeping me from deciding on a career? CDDQ - Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire

Exploring Your Options

Majors

What are Mason’s majors and minors? University Catalog: Find Your Program

What can I do with this major?

What careers in the Federal Government can I do with this major? USAJOBS: Federal Occupations by College Major

Careers

What are the tasks, skills, and future growth of various careers? ONET Online

What is the work environment, pay, and training needed for different careers? Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

What is it really like to work in this career field? Vault Check out Vault’s videos that describe a variety of careers by clicking on the Career Advice tab and then Explore Careers tab.

What careers could I do with skills from my past job? My Skills - My Future

Industries

What industries are a good fit for me? Industry Specific Resources