In order to make a decision about your major and articulate clear academic goals, it is important to consider your career. Keep in mind that your talents can be utilized in multiple careers. Learning about the world of work and how it is structured will allow you to clarify career goals and visualize how your career may evolve over time.
All Major Exploration students are encouraged to meet one-on-one with their Career Development Specialist. Your Career Development Specialist will help you identify how your skills, interests, personality, and values fit into different careers. To schedule an appointment, call the Student Success Center at 314-977-3484 or go to SLU Appointments via MySLU portal.
Here are some additional resources that you might utilize when reflecting on your career:
- Take some time to explore the Career Services website.
- Read the "What can I do with a major?" and click on the majors of interest to see outlines of common career areas, employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.
- Connect to Focus 2, a self-paced, online career and education planning tool. It will enable you to self-assess your career relevant to personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results.
- Enroll in the PSY194-Career Decision-Making course (1 credit hour) either Fall or Spring semester. This class is taught by a Career Development Specialist and designed to assist students who are deciding on a major or career. Students also gain an understanding of self, the world of work, and become familiar with career-related resources.
- Search job titles and work skills at O*Net Online.
- Shadow a professional by asking to visit them at work for a day. Shadowing someone is a great way to learn more about the work environment, tasks, etc and can help confirm whether or not this profession is a good fit for you.
- Complete the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator and/or the Strong Interest Inventory. Remember, these assessments will not make the decision for you! The assessments simply give you the opportunity to reflect as well as provide direction during your decision-making process. For information about career assessments, visit the Career Services website.