Assessments – Self-assessment is important to the process of choosing a major and a career. Knowing the type of work and environment that will suit your interests, skills, personality, and values will increase your chances of finding a satisfying career and major. What subjects do you enjoy? In which subjects do you do well? Which subjects are most difficult for you? What values do you look for in a job?

Choosing a Major – Choosing a major does not necessarily equate to choosing a profession, however, some majors are designed to prepare students for specific careers. If you have a career in mind, you may want to identify majors that will contribute to your overall preparation. This process of career research will help you determine the knowledge and skills needed to perform occupations that currently exist. Keep in mind that your major is only part of what employers consider when hiring.

Exploring Careers – How many careers can you describe in detail? Learning more about the many industries and sectors of employment may broaden your scope of career possibilities. Having limited knowledge of occupations may lead you to make assumptions about what skills are necessary to succeed in a given career. Occupations are constantly evolving as are the needs of employers. Knowing how your overall skills and qualifications can add value to an organization will not only help you in securing your first job, but also in staying relevant and advancing as a professional.