7 Resources to Help You Choose the Right Major

If you still haven’t chosen a major and isn’t sure which career interests you, relax. Many students across the nation are just like you. Faculty and staff at your school are prepared to help you make that important decision, but it’s important that you don’t delay meeting with the appropriate people and exploring the variety of resources available. Check out these resources:

1. Academic Advisers

Every college or university employs advisers to help you plan your academic program. These advisers understand the needs of undecided students. They will help you find the specific resources you need to assess your interests and abilities.

It’s important to meet with an adviser as soon as possible, even as early as your freshman orientation session.

2. Interest Inventory

Your academic adviser can direct you to the campus department that offers testing resources to identify your interests. These informational assessments help identify your strengths and interests and suggest career areas that fit your talents.

3. General Education Courses

No matter which college or university you attend, you will be required to complete a series of general education classes before you graduate. These requirements include a number of academic areas and provide you with a well-rounded education.

This coursework will expose you to the many academic and career areas available to you. Have fun with these classes and choose those that interest you.

4. Career Center

These centers contain a wealth of information about employers: companies, school districts, and businesses large and small. Many centers contain videotapes, reports, and special computer resources.

5. Teachers and Professors

If you are taking a class that you enjoy, make an appointment to talk with the instructor about further study in that area. While you are still in high school, talk to teachers in your favorite classes about why that area of study interests them. They can suggest how a major in their subject area may lead to a career.

6. Internet

If you don’t have access to professors and advisers, you can still explore on your own. You can visit your university’s website and use the resources of academic departments.

7. Departmental Lectures

Check the university calendar or student newspaper to learn about lectures or presentations by expert speakers. Academic departments often invite well-known speakers to campus for public lectures. Visit campus art exhibits, performances any event that piques your interest.

All these events offer potential areas to explore.

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