Career Exploration
STEP 2:  EXPLORING MAJORS & CAREERS

DECIDING ON A MAJOR

If you are not sure about what major you should choose you are not alone. Many college students switch their major in college. The important thing is that you make informed choices based on who you are, what you like and how your major will relate to your career.  Click on the resources below to help you:

EXPLORING CAREERS

DO CAREER RESEARCH

The best starting point for learning about careers is to read clear, objective overviews.  They describe the nature of work, typical work settings, training and qualifications required, the employment outlook, and salaries for hundreds of occupations. You can find such information on the careers that interest you through many on-line resources.  A few websites that provide accurate and detailed information are listed below:

SPEAK WITH PEOPLE IN THE FIELD

Informational Interviews

After you have read about your career options, you need to talk to people who are familiar with the field. Most people like to talk about their career path and their position, career field, or industry, and they can provide you with more up-to-date and realistic information about the field.  Even if you decide that the career is not the best option for you it is valuable information.

You can talk with people by phone or in person at their place of work or elsewhere. Whether the person is a family friend whom you know well or someone you've never met, you should always approach the discussion as a structured "Information Interview." Meet with a counselor in The Office of Career Development to review interviewing skills and provide help in making connections with individuals in your area of interest.

Job Shadowing

Shadowing is following and observing a person in the workplace on a short-term basis. When you shadow someone, you will see the daily routine of someone in a particular career and may be given small amounts of work to do. Shadowing usually takes place over a day or two. Shadowing is a good option for someone with limited time for career exploration or for someone who has a number of career options that need to be narrowed down before selecting a field in which to intern or seek a part-time job. Career Development can help you arrange a shadowing opportunity.