Choosing a Major
Sometimes you may think that you’re the only one who doesn’t know what they want to do with their life. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
We understand that deciding on a major isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be extremely frustrating. That’s why Career Development is a great place to start the exploration process – which should include the identifying, investigating, and implementing.
In order to choose a major or career path, you must first know yourself — your Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills (VIPS). To achieve career satisfaction it is important to integrate all four into your future career.
- To start exploring your VIPS, click here
- For additional assistance, contact Career Development at 325- 942-2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting with a career counselor. Career Development offers career counseling and assessments at no charge to all ASU students and alumni.
Once you have done some initial narrowing-down of majors or careers that interest you, it is vital that you learn more about them. You want to make an educated and well-informed decision, right?
By learning more about these majors and careers, you will be able to further narrow your list. Here are several resources to help you with this process:
- Review the majors available at ASU at Academic Majors and create a list that (might) match your values, interests and abilities.
- Look over the “out-of-major” course requirements for majors of interest and determine your likelihood of being successful in them.
- Read the course descriptions of the classes in each major you are considering. Do they sound interesting? Or, do they sound like “death by lecture”?
- Find out the career options associated with each major you’re considering. Visit What can I do with this major? for more information. But, be sure to read the Information/Strategies column at the far right for the details for success.
- Read about the careers you are considering and verify that they do/are what you thought. Research the outlook and salary projections. Access several excellent resources by clicking here.
- Watch videos. Sometimes it helps to hear it from actual professionals and/or see it in action. View by career title or by industry.
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor who can help you evaluate the information you have collected and guide you through the decision-making process. Call 325-942-2255 or email email@example.com
Nothing will provide you with a truer picture of a major or a career than ”trying it on” or seeing it live.
- Take an introductory course in the major(s) you are considering.
- Conduct informational interviews with people working in your dream job(s) to learn about that profession. Ask to shadow them for a day or two.
- Talk with alumni about their choices, visit professors and read professional literature.
- Volunteer in your field of interest to gain a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of professionals in that field.
- Work part-time in a field related to your potential major. Look for open positions at Jobs4Rams.
- Attend Career Development internship and job fairs. Network with the employers and ask questions.
- Meet a career counselor to review your decision-making process and have any additional questions addressed. Call 325-942-2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Visit the department of the major you want to declare and meet with an academic advisor to develop your plan of study. For department information, visit Office Directory and enter the department name into the Search Offices box on the right side of the screen.