Sometimes it is challenging to choose a major. Oftentimes students will change majors at least once during college. It is important to start exploring careers early in college and then continue to hone 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 out there. A career advisor will administer and interpret scientifically valid, reliable assessments instruments like The Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Gallups Strengths Finder. Schedule an appointment by logging on to your student or alumni account at https://concordiatx.joinhandshake.com/login .
Strong Interest Inventory - What motivates me?
Strengths Finder - What are 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. Basic results are usually at no cost and others charge a fee for a detailed report. Here are a few that we recommend.
- Keirsey Temperament Sorter
- How to Fascinate
- Human Metrics
- 16 Personalities
- Color Quiz
- Quintessential Careers
If you have a general idea about the kind of career that interests you, but don't know which Concordia major to choose, talk with a carer advisor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment and explore a list of Concordia majors to get started.
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 Communications, or degrees in the life or natural sciences, computer sciences, education or in business prepare you for a host of exciting career possibilities. The key to understanding career options is think broadly about careers and understand your interests, talents, values and abilities.
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Build a personal profile
Search and apply to job and internship opportunities
Attend career fairs, interviews, and employer visits based on your interests
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. Access videos of real people who work 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.
IOS and Android app: Sign up with your @ctx.edu email for FREE access. No smartphone? Register at http://www.pathsource.com/frontpage with activation code: CON200.
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