Steps Involved in Choosing Your Major Sherri Williams, MS Assistant Director Texas Woman’s University Career Services Why did you select your current major? Earning potential Stability since it is in a certain field Advice from friends and family Just drifted into the major: no real reason Inspiration from professors or others Experience Choosing a major/career Jobs “Hot” jobs can cool off Jobs paying the highest salaries Stress/Cost of job dissatisfaction The in high demand decision of others The career interests of friends/family may not necessarily be your interests Choosing a major/career Choosing a major and choosing a career go hand in hand. However, choosing one does not automatically mean that you have chosen the other. Examples Career in Law does not mean that your major should be in pre-law, political science, history/government. Any major can still be accepted in law school. Majoring in English can lead to many types of careers. Unsure about your major? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 80% of entering first-year students are unsure of their major, even if they have declared a major! ¹ At least 50% of undergraduate students will change their major—at least once. ¹ What was President Obama’s major? Political Science President Obama Photo by whitehouse.gov Source: www.whitehouse.gov/president/biography.html; www.cbsnews.com What was Former Governor’s Mitt Romney’s major? English Mitt Romney Photo by: Biography.com Source: www.biography.com/people/mitt-romney-241055 What was Oprah’s major? Speech & Performing Arts Oprah Winfrey Photo: www.achievement.org Source: www.imdb.com What major do Jon Stewart and Natalie Portman have in common? Psychology Natalie Portman, Actress Photo: www.absolutely.net Jon Stewart, Comedian, Former TV Host Photo: Comedy Central Source: www.imdb.com; www.startwars.com/bio/natalieportman.html What was Martha Stewart’s major? History & Architectural History Martha Stewart Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omimedia, Inc. Source: www.marthastewart.com What was Conan O’Brien’s major? American History Conan O’Brien Photo: nndb.com Source: http://www.nndb.com/people/397/000022331/ STEPS TO THE RIGHT CAREER THE JOB Job Offers & Acceptance -Success on the Job EMPLOYER CONTACT Job Search -Resumes & Letters -Research Company -Interviews DECISION MAKING Career Goal -Additional Knowledge & Experience -Time Frame OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH Literature Review -Informational Interview -Labor Market Trends -Employer/ Volunteer Experience SELF ASSESSMENT Personality Traits -Skills -Knowledge -Interests & Values -Achievements How would you describe your personality to someone? •Efficient •Adaptable •Competitive •Independent •Organized •Friendly •Honest •Outgoing •Practical •Caring •Artistic Skills What do you do well? What are your weaknesses? What are the top 10 skills employers are looking for in candidates? • • • • • Team Work Critical Thinking Organization V. Communication Information Processing Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2013 • • • • • Analytical Technical Knowledge Computing W. Communication Leadership Assess Your Interests Classes Hobbies Assess Your Values Contribution to Society Prestige Independence High income Leadership Leisure Creativity Security What would you do if you became a millionaire? Would you still hold a job? Would you volunteer? Would you drop everything and go travel? Do the RESEARCH! Exploring Majors Occupational Research Informational Interview What Can I Do with a Major In? Where Can I Find Out More About a Specific Career? What Do You Do? -www.chroniclecareerlibrary.com http://whatcanidowiththis major.com/major/ -www.onetonline.org -www.bls.gov/ooh -www,myplan.com www.studentmentor.org So…what now? Set up an appointment! Career Assessments Informational Interviews Exploring Majors Literature Review Check out our Career Library! What to look for when researching careers… Labor market trends Realistic salary Career description Work tasks Educational requirements/Licenses/Certifications You need to schedule an appointment with our Career Counselor if you are… Bored to tears in your current major courses Doing poorly in your current classes Chose your major without much thought Keep asking others what their major is (secretly trying to find an alternative major) Majoring in Nursing, OT, or PT How can Career Services help you? Career Counseling Resume Critiquing Job Search Assistance Mock Interviews Career Day Career Library Clothes Closet Career Class Exploration Career Services Human Development Building Suite 200 940-898-2950 www.twu.edu/career-services COME SEE US!