Begin your career by finding out more about yourself, selecting a major, and exploring career paths.


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.

  • CareerBeam is a virtual tool to help you identify careers that may be of interest based on your preferences.
  • O*Net Online is a database of hundreds of occupations described in terms of daily tasks, the knowledge required, and the qualifications and interests of the typical worker. You can search for occupations by title, industry, or projected growth. The Advanced Search option allows you to browse occupations by abilities, interests, knowledge, and skills related to the job.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a collection of occupational profiles that cover the tasks of a job, its work environment, the steps for landing the job, and the job’s projected outlook. The Career Exploration/Research Worksheet may be a useful navigational tool for finding and evaluating the information on this site.