Next Steps for Exploring Students
Last updated April 19, 2017
Choosing a Major Checklist– Use this as a guide to help you keep direction while you explore your options.
- Browse by Department– Check out the websites for each of our academic departments on MySide. OR Check out these documents which will offer you a snapshot into various departments including majors and minors offered, ways to get involved in or gain experience, and what a recent alumni have went on to do after studying these fields.
- TypeFocus– This skills assessment tool will help you identify your strengths and possible careers that may be a match to your personality type. Be sure to book a follow up meeting with our Career Counselor if you want to understand your results further. Sharing your results with your adviser can also help produce great conversation and direction.
- Career Services– Meeting with career services can help you answer questions about possible careers in different majors, career outlooks, and inform you on how to be prepared for the job market. They also can help you analyze your TypeFocus results. Schedule an appointment here.
- Advisers– Visiting with your adviser is always a good idea to discuss general education requirements, classes that you can take to explore various majors, and what next steps may be most appropriate for you. If you are a first year students you can schedule an appointment with your adviser here. If not, your adviser can be found on Campusweb.
- Meet with Faculty Members– Sometimes the best way to learn about a new major is to visit with a faculty member in that department. Feel free to email a faculty member yourself or visit with your adviser about majors you would like more information on. If you’re unsure how to contact the faculty member in a department of interest, reach out to your adviser for help.
- Job Shadowing– Make sure to visit with career services or your adviser to talk about potential job shadowing opportunities that would allow you to discuss potential careers with professionals in that industry. Explore their work environment and day-to-day operations to give yourself a better idea of what you would like to pursue.