Choosing a Major: What You Need to Know. A Workshop for Undecided Students University College Chubb Hall 140 740.593.1935 Originally created by Tammy Kahrig, Ph.D.; revised 2006. Guiding Principle.
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Chubb Hall 140
Originally created by Tammy Kahrig, Ph.D.; revised 2006
“Pick your major on the pleasure principle, for what you most enjoy studying will draw your mind in the liveliest way to being educated.”
Rev. James T. Burtchaell
You need to begin taking steps now to make that decision.
44% working in business
(only 10% of those grads had degrees from the College of Business)
25% working in education-related fields
13% working in health care/social welfare
Research shows that people will change their careers a minimum of 3-5 times over their lifespan.
*Source: Office of Institutional Research, Career and Further Education Survey 2005 Graduates
Specific preparation for a particular job or occupation. For licensure or certification in a profession or for highly specialized/technical fields.
Ex: education, social work, engineering
*Source: University of Minnesota Career Development Center.
Aimed at a specific field of employment but not at a particular job. Enter employment at a trainee level.
Ex: journalism, general business, sport management, exercise physiology, telecommunications, family studies
Not oriented toward employment in a specific career or particular field. Combined with related experience, results in a career-related degree.
Ex: psychology, history, English, communication studies, political science
1. Communication Skills (verbal & written)
2. Honesty and Integrity
3. Strong Work Ethic
4. Analytical Skills
5. Flexibility and Adaptability
6. Interpersonal Skills (relating well to others)
7. Motivation and Initiative
8. Computer Skills
9. Detail Orientation
10. Organizational Skills
*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2006.
(see the pink handout)
Community Service/Volunteer Campus Jobs
Course Projects and Papers
Checklist (white handout)
Internet Addresses are on the blue handout.
-Meet with a career counselor in Career Services, 533 Baker Center.
-Meet with an advisor in University College, Chubb 140.
Chubb Hall 140
(Evening appts. with some advisors)
“Pick your major on the pleasure principle,
for what you most enjoy studying
will draw your mind in the liveliest way
to being educated.”
-Rev. James T. Burtchaell