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Choosing a College Major

Learn the steps to choosing the right major for you!
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Brian Foster

on 31 July 2013

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Transcript of Choosing a College Major

Milena Flament
Questions?
Proponent of the
"Flipped" Classroom
What
is
a major, anyways?
"I have a few
majors in mind...
now what?"
Explore your
Options
PA
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Major Exploration Advising Strategies 101
Presented by Brian Foster
P
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Major Navigation
Major
Selection
Cycle
Self Reflection
Facilitate an
Understanding
Of Self
Majoropoly
Find out how to
choose a major!
Major = Career
My major is permanent
Source: Major Decisions, Pennsylvania State University, by Michael J. Leonard
» The average person changes
career
fields
between
2-3 times
» Around
80%
of first-year students say they are
unsure
on what to major in
» On average, students
change majors

around
3 times
before graduating
Just What

ARE

Employers

Looking

For?
*Source:
National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2006.
1. Communication Skills (verbal & written)
2. Honesty and Integrity
3. Strong Work Ethic
4. Analytical Skills
5. Flexibility and Adaptability
6. Interpersonal Skills (relating well to others)
7. Motivation and Initiative
8. Computer Skills
9. Detail Orientation
10. Organizational Skills
Values
Interests
Skills
What are your student's....
How do you know your values?
Which values are important to you?
Collaborating
with people
vs. learning
alone
Manipulating
numbers
vs.
words
Learning with
hands/building
Learning in the
outdoors
Learning with
computers
Learning from the
community
Creativity
Helping
others/society
An
advisor
can help link
values
with potential
majors
How do my interests align
with a major?
We have a network of resources to support you!
Let's
PARE
down your options...
L
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» Some majors
can be directly linked
to careers (teaching, business, engineering)


» most majors will
help to prepare you for
many careers
Pre-Med (Law, Dent, etc) must all major in the same thing
» Major choice
doesn't
necessarily matter
» What
does?
Completion of
prereqs
academic
performance
MCAT
recommendation
letters
practical
experience
What do you do with a
BA in English...
» Remember the list of top
traits employers are looking
for? (#1-
Writing Ability
)
*Major Decisions, Pennsylvania State University, by Michael J. Leonard
» There
are
many careers directly linked to
English
» Only
40%
of the workforce
is working in a field
directly
related
to undergrad. major*
Academic
Advisor
Personal
Counselor
Career
Counselor
Explore

the educational
pathways
to earn a major
Explore '
who you are
'
Discover your
values
Personality
Tests/
Skills
Inventories
Learn about job
outlook/salaries
Make an
educational

plan
and
set goals
Find out about
internships
Get
resume/interview
tips
Connect
interests/values with a
major
Now
that you have a plan...
it's time to
ACT!
Attend

information

sessions
Take introductory classes
Talk to faculty/departmental advisors
Get an internship/job shadow
Invite graduates/leaders in the field out to coffee
Seem like something I could spend
years
studying?
If not, try out something new... you're never stuck with just one major forever!
Think carefully about your experiences and
ask yourself: does this major...
What if I like my major but my parents don't?
Align with my

values,

skills, and interests?
Make me feel
good
?
Make sure you're meeting
frequently with your advisor
to check in on:

Proper course sequence
School/life/work balance
Grade trends
Future options
Resources
Advising
Personal Counseling
Multicultural Services
TRiO
Tutoring Center
Career Center
DisabilityResources
Financial Aid
What's the
word

on the street?
Let's ask our
students
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