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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 Strengths
  • Interest Assessment: Strong Interest Inventory
  • Personality Assessment: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Skills Assessment: SkillScan

You can do the following career assessments/exercises on your own:

Career Decision Making

Exploring Your Options

The following online resources assist students with exploring majors, careers and industries.

  • 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?
    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