Major and Career Exploration

Making an Informed Choice

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Now it is time to narrow your options to two or three alternatives that are best for you.

Think about what interests and excites you, what you would enjoy studying, and what would give you employment options after you graduate. Use the information you have collected to make a list of major options to evaluate.

  • Weigh the pros and cons of each option
  • Construct a Decision Matrix
  • Consider the following questions:
    • What values are most relevant to this decision?
    • What are the costs vs expected benefits of each option?
    • What do you like and not like about each option?
    • What are your emotional reactions to each option. How you feel is important.
  • Engage others. Discuss choices with family and friends. Find a mentor to help you evaluate options. Talk to your advisor.

Choosing a Major vs. Choosing a Career

Choosing a major means choosing an academic program of study for the next four years. If you decide that your major choice is not right for you, you CAN change your major. Many different combinations of majors, minors, and certificate options are available that can provide additional education experiences and employment marketability. Meet with a Career Coach who will work individually with you to find a clear path to your dreams.

Choosing a career is an ongoing process without a deadline. To increase your chances of a best fit career for you, experience a career and work environment firsthand through part-time jobs, volunteering or internships during college. Visit Career Services for more career information.

If you want to pursue a profession that requires specific preparation or graduate education, your major probably will be closely linked to a career. Most majors, however, offer many career options.

Questions? Call 602-496-0589 or email us.