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  • Exploring Majors/Careers

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    A major should be interest-motivated. Choose a major you will enjoy. Understand your own personal goals and values. You will perform best in the areas in which you are motivated. Below are some ideas to consider as you explore your career and major options.


    Advisors are a great resource to discuss your major/career goals and ideas. They can assist you in thinking about course selection and how to focus your major exploration.


    Take courses from several departments. Gather information, experiment, and see what interests you. With careful planning you may fill LASC goals.


    Discuss with faculty how they became passionate about their field, what recent graduates are doing with their majors, what skills or interests are common among students, etc. Learn about the degrees and majors from their department.


    Talk with students about their interest in their particular field, why did they choose this field, what careers are they looking at, etc.


    Talk to family and friends about choosing a major. It should be someone who knows you reasonably well and is willing to listen.


    Visit the CDC for books, journals, job listing, and software to help you in your research.


    Explore your likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, values, sources of satisfaction, personality, goals, and ambitions.


    Utilize the CDC’s FOCUS 2 program to explore majors at MSUM that match your interests and support your career goals, examine careers and fields that interest you, and develop a clear plan of action to advance through your education.


    Work with people in your field of interest. Job shadowing is a popular on-the-job experience that helps you explore the day-to-day experiences of professionals ina particular field.


    Get an inside view of fields of interest. Informational interviews present an opportunity for an intimate and flexible inside view of a job field unmatched by other sources.


    This course is intended to help students assess their values, interests, skills, and temperament and relate them to career choices. Through self-assessment and career information research, the student will be able to identify a broad base of career options and describe a variety of career goals. Students will acquire tools with which to make decisions and plans regarding major and future career choice.