I have my major, now what?

Congratulations!  You’ve already made some big decisions in determining which major you would like to pursue.  Now it’s time to think about what you’ll do with that major.  Remember, your major does not always determine your career path.  Many college graduates apply their major in a wide variety of career fields.  Use the resources and services the Career Services Center offers to help you determine which career field will be the best fit for you.

KNOW YOURSELF:
Before you can make a decision about what you like in a career, you need to know what interests you, what your skills and strengths are, what you value in life and work, the impact your personality has, and what type of work environment is most preferable to you.  If you need assistance clarifying any of these, please click here to begin the process.

KNOW THE OPTIONS:
There are hundreds of different careers out in the world that you could choose.  This can be a daunting task but it’s best to start the process early so you can explore the different areas and see which line up with your interests and preferences.  Use the following tools to get started:

Majors Worksheets – Use these sheets to explore various PhilaU majors and related career paths.

O*Net – Use this database which contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors to help you explore and search occupations.

OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook)– Use this website to explore hundreds of occupations and read descriptions of What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more.

TRY IT ON:
Informational Interview – Learn about the career field of interest with someone who works in that field!  Informational interviews are meetings where an individual asks for career and industry advice from a professional in their desired career or industry in order to gather information about the industry, and expand their professional network.

Professional Associations – Another way to learn about a career field is to join a professional association to gain access to information, meetings or events where other people in that field will be.  Professional Associations are usually nonprofit organizations seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest. Click on your college to see professional associations associated with majors in that college:

College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, & Commerce
College of Science, Health, & Liberal Arts

 

Job Shadow – See for yourself what it’s really like in that career field.  Job Shadow is when a student, the shadower, will follow a professional in their field of interest and observe their daily work.

Internship – Once you’ve narrowed down your career paths, try on the skills, duties and responsibilities that the job will require by doing an internship.  An internship can provide you with hands on experience, a network of contacts, and gain school credit. 

RESOURCES TO GET STARTED:

Four Year Plan - Use this resource to help guide you to career success during your time at PhilaU.

Professional Development Journal - Use this tool to assist you in keeping track of important activities and events that you have been involved with while attending PhilaU. 

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Questions?

Browse FAQs, call 215.951.2930 or email careerservices@philau.edu

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