Major and Career Exploration

Declaring your major can be a challenge. Use the steps and resources below to help you complete this process. 

Step One: Pursue your Passion. Why not choose a major you actually enjoy studying? Think about what you feel passionate about because you are more likely to be fully engaged with the material you are learning.

Step Two: Meet with a Career Counselor. Discuss your interests, passions, goals, and expectations and complete activities such as “The Card Sort” and the Self Directed Search to connect careers with possible majors.

Step Three: Research Opportunities. Use the resources below to explore different majors as they relate to career options.

What Can I Do With This Major? This is a wonderful online resource to use for exploration of different interests and career options. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

What Can I Do With A Major In? Sponsored by the Career Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, this informational site provides insight into different career opportunities associated with academic majors.

Step Four: Talk to Professors. Once you have narrowed your choices to a few departments, schedule an appointment or visit office hours to learn more about a specific major or program. Be sure to have questions ready to ask the faculty member during your meeting such as:

  • What classes must I take with this major?
  • Are there extra requirements associated with this major?
  • What type of student organizations are associated with this major?

Exploring different careers is crucial when developing your future plans. The resources below offer insight into different professions within the world of work.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Source for career information regarding potential earnings data, expected job prospects, and education requirements.

O*NET: Explore the skills, education, and employment trends of over 1,000 different occupations. O*NET is sponsored by the  Employment & Training Administration and The U.S. Department of Labor.

Glassdoor: Offers inside look at organizations through company reviews, salary reports, and personal interview experiences. All information is shared by employees who currently work at the company.