Exploring Majors & Career Communities
Approximately 80% of all college students change their major at least once.
Rather than choosing a major by flipping a coin or random guessing, approach the process in a wise and thoughtful way. The Career Services Center offers a variety of tools and assessments for pointing you to a fulfilling career path.
Alternatively, if you already have an area or several areas of career interest, the career center provides tailored services based on industry focused career communities. These career communities supply guidance on preparation steps, experiences, and connections needed to be competitive in the workplace.
JOINING CAREER COMMUNITIES GIVES YOU ACCESS TO:
■ Meetings with career counselors who specialize in your areas of interest
■ Jobs and internships, professional development opportunities, events, programs and resources
■ Alumni, employer and graduate school connections
EXPLORING & DECIDING:
For students exploring a variety of career paths and interests, the Career Services Center offers:
■ Individual Career Counseling
■ Career Assessments
■ Career Exploration Programming
■ “What Can I Do With This Major" Programming & Information
SIGN UP FOR THE CAREER COMMUNITIES THROUGH HANDSHAKE
- Login to your Handshake account
- Click on your name at the top of your home screen
- Choose "Career Interests" from the drop down menu
- Choose the communities of interest to you
- Start learning about jobs, internships, and events that interest you!
TO CHOOSE YOUR COMMUNITY:
Whether you are confused about where to begin in your career or major decision-making process, or you have recently decided that you want to change your career or major, assessment can be a valuable tool.
Learn more about yourself – your skills, interests, values, personality - to help determine what industries to explore or what career fields might be a good fit.
The Career Services Center currently offers three assessment tools to fit your needs:
- JobZology helps you think about what’s important to you and explore career paths related to your values, interest, personality, and workplace preferences. Results and career matches are available immediately (no appointment needed). For more information and to get started, click here.
- The Strong Interest Inventory (SII), College Edition assesses your career interest AND identifies college majors, extracurricular activities, internships, and jobs to helps you find career and life success. An appointment is required to review your results. For more information and to make an appointment to begin the process log into Handshake.
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the world’s most popular personality tools and can help you identify your natural preferences as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Results will either help you confirm your interests or open you up to new possibilities. An appointment is required to review your results. For more information and to make an appointment to begin the process log into Handshake.
NOTE: Assessment will not tell you what career is best for you. Career assessment is meant to provide you with some options to engage you and guide you in career exploration.
RESOURCES FOR CAREER EXPLORATION:
Learn about careers & occupations from
- O*NET Online: O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
- Career One Stop: Your source for career exploration, training and jobs.
- Buzzfile: Find employers by major and location
- jobZology: Helps you think about what’s important to you and helps you explore career paths related to your values, interest, personality, and workplace preferences.