|Frequently Asked Questions|
How do I choose a program?
Many students are too concerned with finding the “right” major. In fact, you will probably find a good fit in a number of majors. The decision you make should be based on an understanding of yourself, as well as an understanding of the academic and career options available.
Sometimes it takes courage to make the first choice, but remember you can change your mind. Many college students adjust their academic plans and change their majors as they gain more experience and gather additional information.
Career decision-making is an active process that should begin in your freshman year and continue well beyond graduation. Your career journey will be a constant process of exploring, deciding, and re-evaluating!
How can I find programs that are a good fit for me?
Should I take a career assessment?
Remember, a career test won’t find you a perfect major. Some jobs may not relate to your interests, but others may pleasantly surprise you. They may open up career paths you have never considered and send you on a career journey you never expected!
When should I choose a major?
How does my major relate to a career?
When selecting a major, you are choosing what classes you will take, what you will learn, and what skills you will acquire. Every employer looks for well-rounded workers. A strong education and skills in a variety of areas–from history and English to critical thinking and global awareness–are key elements for future success.
Keep in mind that most college graduates will likely change jobs and career fields several times in their lives. As a college grad, you will continue to develop your skills and identify areas in the workforce that match your interests.
Should I consider job market demand?
Job market demand can change rapidly, and the factors affecting it are often unpredictable. The careers in demand when you are a freshman may not be in demand by the time you graduate. It is more important for you to select a major or choose career goals that are genuinely interesting to you.
New career fields and jobs emerge as a result of changes in technology and economic trends. The career you will have in 10 years may not exist yet!
How can I gain experience and build job skills?
Student organizations, athletic teams, and social groups are other ways to build your experiences. They can play an important part in developing greater understanding of yourself and the world of work. Your career goals emerge and transform during these college activities.
Employers need people with strong communication skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, computer skills, and leadership/team-oriented skills. A clear career direction is not required to build experience. You can work on the qualities and skills that all employers seek: