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"The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!" - Earl Nightingale

Explore Career

Some students already know a future career path that they may want to pursue. One way to go about choosing a major is to see if your future occupation requires a certain level of education. If it does, then your major choice may already be decided.  If not, there may be majors more suited to certain careers than others. This may help you to begin narrowing down your major choice(s). To research an occupation, you can go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You will find information about job duties, salary, job outlook, similar occupations and much more. O*NET Online is another resource where you can find similar information about jobs duties, salaries, and job outlook. O*NET also includes additional career information such as knowledge, skills, abilities, and values, which may be helpful in deciding on whether an occupation may be a good fit for you. 

So you already have a major in mind, but are not sure what you can do with a specific major?  What Can I do With This Major? is a great website that will be able to provide you with an idea of what you will be able to do with a major and who potential employers are for specific majors.

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Choose the Right Major… for you!

The Career Services & Leadership Development Office has a workbook on finding the right major to compliment your interests, values, and skills. You can find this workbook on their website here. In this workbook they provide resources to help you thoughtfully examine different majors, as well as use self-assessments to better understand where your interests may lie. This may be a good tool to utilize once you have compiled a list of majors you are interested in.

Once you have declared a major the Career Services & Leadership Development Office can also provide you with career counseling to identify how to use your major when choosing a career. If you would like to make an appointment to speak with someone regarding career planning and counseling, visit the Career Services & Leadership Development webpage.