Career Exploration

Not sure about your major and career options?

Having trouble declaring your major? Did you know that some careers require a specific undergraduate major and others do not? We are here to help. 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 using the information in this section as a starting point. Download our Two Year and Four Year Plans to help you stay on track and keep your career goals a priority.


The Decision Process

1. Self-Assessment

2. Researching Majors and Careers

3. Analyzing Your Results

  • Organize and evaluate all your information
  • Consider possible outcomes, consequences, and probability
  • Identify the best alternatives
  • Conduct additional research if necessary
  • Develop a short list of possible careers/majors

4. Choosing Options

  • Select a primary and secondary career option, based on what career is best suited for you at this time in your life
  • Discuss your findings with a career coach
  • 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!

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