Choosing a Major & Career
While some careers require a specific undergraduate major, many do not. Nursing and Accounting are examples of careers which require a specific undergraduate major. Meanwhile, a degree in Liberal Arts (for example, History, Humanities, Chicano/a Studies) might take you in several directions.
You can begin exploring the connection between majors and careers by attending a Choosing a Major/Choosing a Career workshop. Undeclared or undecided on your major? Sign up for Freshman Fridays at the Career Center. Find a general description of the majors, careers, and career options at What Can I Do with This Major?
With this information, you may be ready to declare your major or make a decision about your career, but if you are still uncertain or have questions, you may want to make an appointment with a career counselor for guidance through the decision process.
The Process Involves
Every Spring semester, the Career Center hosts a special workshop series for Freshman and Sophomore students who are undecided, undeclared, or thinking of changing their majors.
In the 4-week Freshman Fridays program, students will have the opportunity to:
- Discover majors & careers that are the best fit
- Find out personal strengths and how to use them in college
- Network with industry professions
- Meet other CSUDH Freshman and Sophomore students
For Spring 2016, Freshman Fridays will take place on 4 consecutive Fridays in April: April 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 1pm - 3pm at the Career Center. Each Freshman Fridays participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and a personalized recommendation on his/her LinkedIn profile.
Any questions? Contact the Career Center for more information.
- Identify important skills, interests and values.
- Make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center for career counseling and vocational assessments.
- For a helpful online tool, use our Focus 2 program.
(Your access code is ToroJobs.)
Researching Majors and Careers
Analyzing your Results
- Organize and evaluate all the information
- Consider possible outcomes, consequences and probability
- Identify the best alternatives
- Conduct additional research if necessary
- Develop a short list of possible careers/majors
- Select a primary and secondary career option based on what career is best suited for you at this time in your life
- Discuss findings with career counselor
- Maintain an open mind to new and changing factors that may impact your career choices
- Remember: What you decide today will probably not be your lifelong career; it's just the beginning