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 your needs.

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 occupation/profession.