Making a decision about your major and career can be difficult. The Career Center can help you research major and career options to find one that interests you.

What is Career Development?

Career Development is a lifelong process that includes gaining experiences, learning from these experiences, and learning about yourself and the work world. This is a cycle that continues throughout life because you will continue to learn, grow, and make decisions.

Career Decisions

You make career decisions based on information. To make the best decisions, you’ll need two kinds of information:

1. Information about You (Learning about yourself)

You should seek out characteristics about yourself that may be useful, such as your:

  • Interests
  • Personality
  • Values
  • Strengths
  • Skills you enjoy using
Where to start

There are several things you can do to discover characteristics about yourself. You can:

  • Register for Counseling 17, a course in Career Planning.
  • Take PinPoint (or ask the career staff to suggest a different assessment for English language learners).
  • Take time to think about your interests, hobbies, class subjects you enjoy, your likes and dislikes about previous jobs, tasks, or projects.
  • Sign up for a Discovery or Career Journey workshop.
Other helpful tools

You may also find these tools useful:

2. Information about Careers (Learning about your options)

Useful information to gather about things you like about a potential career:

  • Duties
  • Typical characteristics of people in this career
  • Preparation
  • Salary and Outlook
  • Working Conditions
  • Similar Occupations
Where to start
Other helpful tools

Once you’ve gathered the above information, you are ready to move forward with these additional steps!

3. Decision Making

To help make the best decisions, we recommend that you:

Use a logical decision-making process by:
  • Weighing the pros and cons of a decision.
  • Ranking your possible choices.
  • Taking your top two or three options, and gather any additional useful information.
  • Testing out your top choices by taking more classes and/or gaining work experience.
If you’re feeling stuck…

4. Developing Skills

You can develop skills through a number of ways by participating in:

5. Gaining Experience

You can always gain valuable experience through:

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Entry-level positions

We know that gathering all this information can be overwhelming! By participating in our workshops or meeting with a career professional, we can help you:

  • Organize your information
  • Learn decision-making skills
  • Cope with feeling anxious or overwhelmed
  • Develop an action plan