Have you Decided on a Major?
Deciding on an academic major can be difficult. So start early by using these simple steps:
- Speak with professors in your academic area(s) of interest.
- Visit with your academic advisor and talk about degree plans and course requirements in your area(s) of interest.
- Use CHOICES, a computer-based career exploration program, to assess your work-related interests, abilities, and values, and to identity possible academic majors and/or career options. CHOICES can also help you learn about occupations, develop a resume, and create a career plan. For instructions on how to access CHOICES, go to the following website: http://sa.utep.edu/counsel/choices/
- Stop by the University Counseling Center to speak with a professional counselors or stop by the University Career Center to speak with a peer career advisor. They can suggest several options to help clarify your academic and occupational goals.
- Connect with one of the many professional student organizations on campus. Attend a meeting and talk to the members about their academic majors and career goals. The Student Engagement & Leadership Center has a complete list of student organizations.
- Attend one of the job fairs sponsored by the Career Services Department before you're ready to get a job. Use this opportunity to interview employers about the jobs they offer, the educational requirements for those jobs, and the job outlook within those fields.
- Attend the Academic Advising Center's and University Counseling Center's joint Mining for Majors, Picking Careers Fair.
- Volunteer or intern at an organization or business related to your career interests. The University Career Center can help you to connect with appropriate internships.
- Contact professionals in the community and ask to interview them about their jobs. Also ask about opportunities to shadow them at work.
- Use the online resources listed below to learn more about specific academic majors and careers.
Researching Careers and Majors
- CHOICES Planner
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook
- What can I do with a major in ...?
- Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
- Major Resource Kit
- Career Advice from Monster
- The Student's Guide to Choosing a Major (article)