Self-Help Tools: Career Choices
Choosing a Major or Career
Make Sure Your Expectations Are Realistic
- Be aware of what you want for yourself verses what others want for you. We are usually
more motivated to do well at something when we have voluntarily chosen it.
- Get as much information as you can about a major/career before committing to it.
- Find out how long it will take to complete the degree, what the job prospects are
for the future, etc.
- Try to select a major/career which fits your personality type.
- If you have many skills and interests try to narrow your focus.
- Make a list of your highest priorities in a potential major/career.
- Talk with advisors and read publications on various fields to see which one best fits
Regardless of which major/career you chose, the following job seeking skills will
help you in your search:
- Writing clear, concise resumes which highlight your academic and work experience.
- A clean, neat personal appearance usually makes a good impression.
- Quality interviewing skills including clearly responding to inquiries, being specific/precise
about what you want to say, and asking questions about the organization.
- A positive self-concept will lead others to view you as confident and competent.
- Good communication skills are an important part of any working relationship.
- Be knowledgeable about opinions.
- Don't lock yourself into one major/career choice. There are usually closely related
areas you can move into which might better meet your needs.
- Be aware of current occupational trends.
- Try to avoid a field which is projected to have few jobs, unless it is your dream