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Choosing Majors and Careers

It is natural to feel uncertain about your major and career choices, especially if you are a new college student and have not yet experienced the variety of subjects and fields available to you. College is the perfect time for you to explore the many options that you have based on your interests and skills. You may benefit from taking our self-assessments tests to learn more about your strengths, values, and interests. Our career advisors are here to help you explore your opportunities. You can meet with a career advisor by scheduling an appointment. On the right hand side of this page, you can also find useful resources to help you get started.

Choosing a Major

If you are not sure what to study, you are definitely not alone. Many incoming college students are undecided about their academic or career plans, and a lot of students will change their major within their first year. As a general rule of thumb, you should reach a fairly firm decision about your major during your second year in college. However, in order to reach a good decision within this time frame, the process of exploring and planning should begin during your first year in college.

Career Exploration

While deciding on a major, it is also helpful to research careers that are in need of people with your skills. You may use the resources on the right side of this page to identify occupations based on your skills, interests, specific fields, or keywords. You can also find information about typical tasks and the longterm economic outlook for specific career paths. 

Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can start conducting informational interviews with current professionals to learn even more about various careers.