Sometimes it’s challenging to choose a major and often students will change majors at least once during college. It’s important to start exploring careers early in college as a freshman or sophomore and continue honing in on career options into the junior and senior years. For graduate students, exploring new career paths should begin the first semester of graduate school.
Where are you?
- I don’t know what I’m interested in…
- I feel unsatisfied with my choice of major and don’t know what to do next…
- I know what type of career I want, but I’m not sure what to major in for it…
- I know what I want to study, but I’m not sure what I can do with this major…
- I know what I want to major in and what kind of career I want. What’s next?
If you are not sure what you are interested in studying, feel unsatisfied with your major and consider yourself an exploring student, assessment tools are a great way to discover your interests, talents, values, and abilities.
There are many self-assessment tools that will help you understand your interests, talents, values, and abilities. The Center for Vocation and Professional Development can administer and interpret scientifically valid, reliable assessments instruments like The Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Gallup’s Strengths Finder. Contact the center to find out which assessment tool is right for you. It’s important to gain awareness through multiple assessments rather than relying on the results of just one.
Strong Interest Inventory - What motivates me?
Strengths Finder - What are my greatest talents?
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - How do I engage with the world?
Self-guided online assessment resources
A number of self-guided assessment tools can be found on the Internet, some with basic results at no cost and others charge a fee for a detailed report. Here are a few we recommend.
- Keirsey Temperment Sorter
- How to Fascinate
- Human Metrics
- 16 Personalities
- Assessment.com MAPP
- Color Quiz
- Career Clover
- Quintessential Careers
If you have a general idea of the kind of career that interests you, but don't know which Concordia major to choose, the Center for Vocation and Professional Development and the Admissions team will meet with you to help discover your options. Explore a list of Concordia majors to get started. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment with your admissions counselor.
Study what you love, then find a job
Choosing a major is not equal to choosing a career. Liberal Arts degrees like English, History, and Communication, or degrees in life or natural sciences, computer science, education or business prepare you for a host of exciting career possibilities. All you do, faith, learning, and life changing experiences, contribute to meaningful work. The key to understanding your options is knowing where they link to your major and your interests, talents, values and abilities. Regardless of your major, there are resources that can help you explore the possibilities.
There are numerous resources and tools available to students that help deepen the understanding of specific careers, connect majors to careers, build your resume and e-portfolio, and discover your interests, values and abilities.
CTXcareerconnection.org, Concordia’s exclusive job and e-portfolio platform, gives you the space to build your profile and connect with job and internship opportunities based on your interests. Employers who partner with the university can connect with you from the site and keep you updated on new opportunities that match your qualifications and interests. It’s more than a jobs board for on and off campus jobs. Set up your profile, keep track of your portfolio worthy projects, and be matched to jobs and internships locally and nationally.
What can I do with this major allows you to search by major the possible areas within a profession, types of employers, and strategies for finding and building a career in a profession.
Pymetrics is a social networking site where you play a series of games that result in a career profile based on years of neuroscience research. You can explore where you interests lead to careers and connect with recruiters.
PathSource is a career navigation site that assesses your lifestyle choices and career interests before providing you with videos of real people in careers that match your profile. Connect the dots between education, careers, lifestyle and budget. Exclusive video informational interviews with professionals give you unbiased insights into thousands of careers.
Get the Mobile App: iPhone: Search "PathSource" in the Apple App Store. The Android version of the app is on the Google Play store. Sign up with your @ctx.edu email for FREE access. No smartphone? Register at http://www.pathsource.com/frontpage with activation code: CON225.
CTX Career Development Programs
The professional mentoring adventures program facilitated by the Center for Vocation and Professional Development matches students to short-term and long-term professional mentoring relationships and customizes the experience by developing a mentoring action plan (MAP) with the student and the mentor.
As part of mentoring adventures, students are matched with a CTX alum who is a working professional in a simliar career of interest and they spend a day or a few days alongside the alumnus experiencing a realistic job preview.
More than half of the undergraduate programs that offer internship courses at Concordia University Texas offer students credit based internships and some are even a requirement in the major. Students in the program complete a minimum number of work hours (some majors differ) doing work that closely aligns with the academic requirements of the major and a potential career path. Internships usually last about 15 weeks and students work a average of 10-12 hours a week while completing the course objectives.
College is a time for students to explore how their interests, talents, and skills contribute to the broader world. Service and leadership experiences go beyond job to help students explore the Christian concept of vocation and calling, develop skills, and learn about career and industry in meaningful ways. Opportunities for service and leadership are available on campus and in the community, which become an essential way for students to develop a resume of experience.
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