Explore Majors and Careers
Meet with one of our career counselors to discover how your values, skills, personality, and interests relate to a major or career field. Start exploring on your own with these exercises:
- Examine your interests: Interests Checklist (PDF)
- Identify your values: Values Worksheet (DOC)
- Recognize your skills: Skills Worksheet (DOC)
- Learn about various industries
Career assessments can help you make career decisions based on your skills, interests, and personality type.
Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator® (MBTI®) is the most widely used personality inventory that categorizes behavior based on preferences for focusing attention, gathering information, making decisions and adopting a lifestyle. Understanding these preferences can be a guide to help students and alumni with their academic major/career exploration, decision-making, or development.
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. Learn more about skills categories (PDF).
*The SkillScan assessment can be done online through Career Driver or in person with your Career Counselor through a card sort activity.
The StrengthsFinder is a web based assessment where the questions are based on the theory of Positive Psychology. Students select descriptors that are anchored along a continuum. The results provide information on the student's top 5 talents which can be translated into the characteristics, attributes and strengths the student possesses. Staff can help students understand how to use this information to explore majors and careers, and prepare for job searching and interviewing.
Deciding on a Major or Career Path
With the exception of a few career choices (i.e. nursing, accounting, or engineering), your major will likely allow you to develop the necessary skills to prepare for work in many different industries.
Statistics show that up to 50% of students are unsure of their major when they enter college.
50-70% of college students change their major at least once. On average students change their major 3 times before they graduate.
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!
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.
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. View career resources for undocumented students.
Career Exploration Resources
Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
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.
Contains information on hundreds of occupations and provides career exploration and assessment instruments for professionals and students looking to find or change careers.
Covers hundreds of occupations and includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
Allows you to identify opportunities for federal employment. The Federal Resume Guidebook, by Kathryn Troutman is also a good resource.
Helps you explore a career that you already selected or find a new career based on jobs you have held in the past using the idea of transferable skills.
For more information, review the Know Yourself section of the Career Readiness Guide (PDF).