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Choosing a Major

Learn the steps to choosing the right major for you!
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Brittany Manzer

on 22 August 2016

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Transcript of Choosing a Major

Milena Flament
Questions?
Proponent of the
"Flipped" Classroom
I have a few
majors in mind...
now what?
Explore your
Options
R
A
Presented by Career Services
P
Major Navigation
Self Reflection
Process of Major
Selection

Understand
Yourself
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
» You're not alone... 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
Personal & Work Values
Interests
Skills or Talents
What are your....
L
A
N
C
T
E
F
L
E
C
T
» Majors will
help prepare you for
many careers,
but do not determine your career

» A few majors
are linked
to technical career training (teaching & engineering)
What does?
»
Completion of
prereqs
»
Academic
performance
»
GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.
»
Recommendation
letters
»
Hands-on

experience:
internships, research, work experience, etc.
There are limited career options for each major
» 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 career opportunities depending on
interests
and
experience
» Only
40%
of the workforce
is working in a field
directly
related
to undergrad major*
Academic
Advisor
Career
Counselor
Explore

the educational
pathways
to earn a major
Learn about career options/
outlook
Make an
educational

plan
and
set goals
Find out about
internships
Explore '
who you are
'
Discover your
values
Personality
Tests/
Skills
Inventories
Connect
skills/values with requirements of a
major
Now
that you have a plan...
it's time to
ACT!
Connect with advisors, career counselors, and faculty
Take introductory classes:
what do you like?
what don't you like?
Volunteer + Job shadow + Get an internship/research
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...
Align with my

values,

skills, and interests?
Enjoyable or engaging?
Financial Aid
Multicultural Center (MCC)
Each campus has a network of resources to support you!
Academic Advising
DisabilityResources (DSP)
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Career Services
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Campus Learning Assistance Service (CLAS)
Each group of Alumni graduated with the same major.
Marketing Director

Reporter

Non-Profit

Consultant

Financial Analyst

Legal Assistant

Counselor
Computer Programmer

Math Teacher

Registered Nurse

Research Asstistant

Program Director

Dental Hygienist

Community Activities
Coordinator
Admissions Counselor

Starbucks Manager

Teacher

Legal Assistant

Event Coordinator

Technical Writer

Librarian

Physician
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
A. Communication

B. Political Science

C. Psychology
Connecting College Major to Careers
Undergraduate major determines graduate program options
Office of Student Life (OSL)
Student Health
Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)
Alcohol & Drug Program
Education Abroad Program
Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity
Major Myths
Major=Career
I can't change my major
Liberal Arts majors are unemployable
Pay attention to campus' major requirements & deadlines; take first year to explore!
Can you guess which major?
B
A
C
NOW: Connect + Begin to Explore
californiacareerzone.org
So, what does matter? YOU!

Your interests + Personality + Academics + Experience outside class
Each group of Alumni graduated with the same major.
Marketing Director

Reporter

Non-Profit

Consultant

Financial Analyst

Legal Assistant

Counselor
Computer Programmer

Math Teacher

Registered Nurse

Research Asstistant

Program Director

Dental Hygienist

Community Activities
Coordinator
Admissions Counselor

Starbucks Manager

Teacher

Legal Assistant

Event Coordinator

Technical Writer

Librarian

Physician
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
A. Communication

B. Political Science

C. Psychology
Can you guess which major?
B
A
C
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