Choosing Your College Major or Career

Choosing Your College Major or Career

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So you already know that you want to go to college, but the next step is to figure out what to do during the four years you are there. It is acceptable to be unsure about your career path or major when you go into college, but it can often be helpful to have some direction or idea about what possibilities for your future are available to you.

The first section of this page offers you a variety of career exploration websites. Some of those websites offer self-assessments of interests, values, personality, and work preferences. If you are unsure of where to begin, the self assessments will help match your personal attributes to careers that speak to those abilities and interests.

The second section of this page offers books and websites that help students choose a college major. This is a short guide with some really great resources, but know that this is the tip of the iceberg. There are many resources that can help you narrow down a career path for your future. If you want to discuss some of these resources or look for additional resources feel free to contact your counselor.

Online Resources for Career Exploration and Career Inventories:

Careership This link will open in a new tab. is another career interest website that uses the O*NET profiler to offer you information about what career options might interest you. Again, Please note that the inventory you take is meant to match you to possible career options. This does not mean that if you get “plumber” as a career option that you are destined to be a plumber. Have fun with this one- it is a great resource!

Career Builder This link will open in a new tab. is yet another great online tool that offers a variety of assessments. These assessment tools will further aid you in your quest to finding a career path that is right for you.

College Major/Career Resources:

My Majors This link will open in a new tab. is a website that offers a self-assessment that will help you match your academic interests and abilities with potential college majors. The pledge of this site is to “give you a lot of information about college majors, the types of courses needed to get a degree, what jobs are available, and information about great college institutions offering these college majors.” This website would be a great starting point for someone who needs some direction in college planning.

Princeton review majors search This link will open in a new tab. is a resource that you can use to look up different majors you might be considering. Using this website, you will be able to access basic information about each major, what courses you should take in high school to prepare for that major, schools that offer the major, a sample college course load for that field of study, and graduate programs or careers that can be obtained if you choose that major.

 

 

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