Additional Strategies for the College Major Selection Process
Here is a step by step process that you can follow in exploring and selecting a college major. This process places you in the driver's seat providing you with a clearer vision of where you want to head and your plan for getting there.
Meet with a Career Resource Center advisor frequently during your search for the perfect major. The Career Resource Center is located in Shaw Center, Room 101. Drop in anytime or call 801-832-2590 to schedule an appointment to make an investment in yourself!
Decision Making Steps
I. Identify the Decisions to Be Made
II. Gather Information About Yourself
The Career Resource Center staff can administer a variety of assessments to help you determine your strengths, interests, values, skills, and key personality traits. For more information on what is offered visit the Career Assessment Site.
III. Brainstorm Interesting Options
Your self-assessment has given you information that will help you brainstorm potential industries and occupations of interest based on your personality profile. Your goal now is to look for patterns in your academic major and work interests. Given your unique personality characteristics, you may notice a pattern in terms of the "cluster" of work and educational options that interest you most. For example, you might find that you're drawn toward social service, physical science, the performing arts, humanities, business, nursing, or education.
To help you make a choice regarding an academic major, learn about educational and experiential entrance requirements for graduate schools or occupation(s) of interest, answering the question "What Can I Do With a Major In....?", visit Major Information located on the Career Resource Center web-site.
IV. Evaluate your options
At this point in the process make a list of the different major options you have discovered. Next, consider the following questions in relation to your options:
Sometimes the choice of a major becomes clear when you have a career interest requiring a specific college degree but sometimes remaining undeclared while you continue to explore available alternatives is a great idea. A double major or a specific major/minor combination might be your answer. Above all, it's important for you to become informed about your options and understand how a college degree will help you prepare for your top choices.
Meet with a career advisor, your faculty advisor, or academic advisor for help, guidance, and advice during this process. We are all here to support and help you!