Frequently Asked Questions about Career Counseling
What is career counseling?
Career counseling can cover many concerns such as helping people find a major or a job, help them deal with not liking their job, or not knowing what they want to do when they graduate from college. At the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), we help students figure out an appropriate major or career.
What career services do you offer at the Center for Counseling and Student Development?
We help students assess their interests, abilities, and values to help plan for a later career choice. We often use interest inventories and may use personality inventories to do this. We have a career library that provides information on over 850 occupations. You need an appointment for career counseling, but you don’t need one to use the career library.
Generally speaking, you might visit the Center for Counseling and Student Development to help initially explore your values, interests, skills, and career options, to find information on how your values, interests, and skills related to various careers, and to get assistance with decision-making. Once you have made some of those initial decisions, you might visit the Career Services Center later to help implement your plans.
I need a major. What can I do to choose a major that is right for me?
A major is sometimes specific training for careers in a particular field. Often, a major provides more general education that can be helpful in a variety of careers. Sometimes it is broad training (law) and other times it is specific (electrical engineering). A counselor at the Center for Counseling and Student Development can help you select occupations you may wish to consider and to pick majors that might help you enter your preferred occupations. Academic advisors at the University Studies Office can also give you more information about majors and help you select a major.
I think I am in the wrong major. How Do I choose another major?
When choosing a major, it is often helpful to relate it to your choice of careers. If this is the case, you may wish to talk to a counselor at the Center for Counseling and Student Development. If your career choice has not changed but you don’t like your current major, you may wish to make an appointment with an advisor at the University Advisement Office.
I am not sure what I can do with a degree in my major. How do I use my major?
The Career Library has books that list occupations that fit certain majors. You’ll probably spend much more time in the work world than you will as an undergraduate, so it makes sense to consider potential careers of interest when selecting your major. Then ask yourself if the major fits and if you can use it for your career choice. There are many booklets and books in the Career Library that describe majors and other qualifications you need to enter an occupation. Please visit!
What if I want to take the career test?
We offer several different assessments and inventories that can be helpful in choosing possible careers. If you’re interested, call 302-831-2141 to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to discuss the best approach for your situation. You probably know that there isn’t any test that will tell you what you should major in or choose as a career. But assessment can be a helpful part of the process.
Center for Counseling & Student Development
261 Perkins Student Center, Newark, DE 19716