Learn About Yourself
"I'm confused about what major to choose."
Pretty common! Start by learning about yourself – your interests, what's important to you about work, your skills and personality. Get involved on campus, volunteer, attend events and speakers. Study abroad/away. Learn about the world and become a global citizen.
And don't fall victim to the myths about majors.
"Isn't there a test to help me decide?"
No vocational test will tell you what to do but the following assessments will give you more information about yourself so you can make a decision. It helps to talk over what you're learning so make an appointment with the staff in the Career Center and talk to your advisor, too.
- Use Focus 2 to get started. School access code=terrier
- The Career Zone (based on the vocational test "The Self-Directed Search") provides a simplified interest inventory and then links to career ideas.
- Your personality can help you determine where you might fit in a major or career. Use 16 Personalities to get a simple profile.
- An alternative is HumanMetrics - both are based on the well-known Myers Briggs Type Indicator.
Transferable skills are the key to liberal arts success!
Writing clearly, solving problems, thinking critically, organizing – these important skills transfer to many career fields whether you developed them from your major, in campus activities, internships, or volunteer work.