O: Options and Exploration

  • Once information is available about your interests, skills and values, it is time to explore your options.  Researching information about academic majors and minors, occupation options, degree requirements and salaries are just a few topics.  The research  can be compared to the information from self-knowledge.

  • Major FAQs 

  • What is a major?

    A major is a focus of your academic learning on a specific area of interest.

    Is Choosing a Major the Same as Choosing a Career?

    Many majors are not directly linked to a career path.  Majors give you experience for a wide range of career titles. In fact, many careers will accept multiple majors. 

    Why Should I Choose a Major?

    Many colleges/universities require that you choose a major to better assist you with selecting courses. Depending on how often your career interests vary, you may find yourself changing majors several times during college.  

    Can More Than One Major Be Selected?

    Absolutely!  Choose a primary area of study major and another for skill development to become more marketable. Choose courses wisely with the assistance of an adviser.

    What Can I do With a Major?

    After your self-assessment, research options and courses. Evaluate the information and compare to assessment results.

    To learn about options, areas of employment, strategies for gaining experience and links to more connections about a chosen field, visit What Can I Do With This Major?

    What if I Don't Want a Degree?

    A degree is not necessary for many careers.  You may want to consider a non- credit program to enter directly into the job market or add to your current career skills.

  • Research Resources

  • Focus2

    After completing your Focus2, you can compare your profile to the interest, skills and values profile of many careers. The access code for the site is "CareerStart."

    Occupational Outlook Handbook

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook includes job descriptions, salary information and entry requirements. The information is updated every two years by the federal government.

    Explore Health Careers

    Explore Health Careers to learn about numerous health careers, educational requirements and employment outlooks.
  • Informational Interviews

    Consider doing informational interviewing. An informational interview gives you a chance to  gather information from a professional in the career you are considering. It is amongst the most effective ways for you to get specialized information.  You are not trying to get a job; instead you are asking questions to assist in your planning and decision-making. Ask these possible informational interviewing questions and document your research