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Did you know that as many as 79% of new college students in the U.S. may have questions or concerns about selecting a college major? Often times students who think they are certain of their major, end up changing their minds.
It is important to remember that major and career exploration is a process. Throughout the exploration process, you will discover that you have many interests and abilities however the challenge is how to distinguish between your career aspirations compared to things you enjoy doing as a hobby. Over the course of our lifetime, most of us will work for approximately 10 employers, have a few different careers, and spend less than five years in each position. Therefore, it may be helpful to consider a series of short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals instead of trying to pinpoint one specific career.
Step 1 - Self Assessment
- Take a career interest inventory to determine your skills and interests:
Examine the majors and programs of study CSCC has to offer. Visit Columbus State's Majors and Programs. Take the time to highlight what you like and dislike about each major that interests you. Also write down any questions you may have about these majors too. Ask yourself: What are my skills, interests and values?
- What can I do with this major? (Arts & Sciences)
- What can I do with this major? (general)
Step 2 - Explore Occupations
- Read occupation description, training and other qualifications required, salary information and job projection information. Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook link at http://www.bls.gov/oco/
- Go to the Career One Stop Pathways to Career Success link at http://www.careeronestop.org
- Visit The Riley Guide link at http://www.rileyguide.com/
- Read occupation description, training and other qualifications required, salary information and job projection information
Step 3 - Narrow down your Choices
- Choose majors that fit your interest, skills, personality and values
- Talk to faculty and students in the department about their experience
- Determine top choice(s)
- Meet with an academic advisor to determine degree requirements
Step 4 - Confirm your Decision
- Conduct Informational Interviews
- Seek job shadowing opportunities
- Seek volunteer opportunities