Major & Career Exploration

Selecting an undergraduate major, graduate school or career path is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. While it can seem overwhelming, we’re here to help.

Major to Career Maps

Get major specific advice on courses, student organizations, community connections and life after graduation. College to Career Major Maps give you suggestions on how to make the most of your transformation to a professional career.

Career & Major Counseling

The staff at the Career Development Center is here to help prospective and current students navigate selecting a major, professional opportunities and career paths. Graduates of MSUM also have full access to our career services, so if you are looking to make a career shift or seeking information on continuing your education we can help. Stop in or schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center.

CAREERwise Education
CAREERwise Education is produced by the Workforce Development Department of Minnesota State and offers many resources including assessments, job search and goal setting.

FOCUS2 is a web-based major and career exploration tool that is available to all prospective and current MSUM students and alumni. It can help you:

  • Understand the career planning process
  • Learn about yourself through assessments
  • Explore majors at MSUM that match your interests, skills and that support your career goals
  • Explore career fields and occupations that appeal to you
  • Develop an action plan
  • Make informed decisions about your major and career
  • Plan for advanced education and training
  • Explore future options for transitioning into specialized occupations

This assessment is free to all prospective and current MSUM students, and MSUM alumni - Access Code is DRAGONS

The Holland Code Career Inventory
The Holland Code Career Inventory measures your interest level in six occupational areas to help you understand which jobs will suit your interests, talents and aptitude. It is based on psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice. This inventory can be taken in person at the Career Development Center.

Looking to better understand your results? Make an appointment with the Career Development staff today!

Learn about careers, find career information, and locate career resources and advice with CareerOneStop, a resource of the U.S. Department of Labor.

O*Net or, the Occupational Information Network, is a free database with hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today’s world of work in the U.S.

What Can I Do With This Major?
Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help. Learn typical career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.