So you’ve chosen a major. That process may have been easy or difficult for you, but the important part is that you do not have to stress about it anymore. Although that stress is gone, a whole new wave of stress may come after you have made the choice. Now that you have chosen what you want to study during your four years as an undergraduate, what are you going to do with your major after graduation?
There are multiple resources in Career Services that can help ease your stress and narrow down possible career paths for you. In the office library, we have a “What Can I Do with This Major?” binder. This binder contains pages on every major that are covered with career options. The options are first broken down into area of career. For example, on the Math major page the areas include Industry, Government, Insurance, and many others. Within each area, multiple types of employers are listed. This binder can help you explore the different types of careers that people with your major have.
I came into school my freshman year knowing exactly what career field I wanted to be in after graduation and what I should major in in order to get there. Although I knew these things, I was still stressing, because I had no idea how to achieve my goals of being a physical therapist. I never thought to look at resources such as the “What Can I Do with This Major?” binder, because I knew exactly what to do. I finally opened it up one day and was surprised to find that there were also strategies for each area of work outlining what to do that may help you break into that field.
Another helpful resource is the College Majors Handbook. This book outlines majors and careers, and also provides extensive information including job outlook, average salaries, and places to work about a multitude of careers.
Whether you’re in the early stages of choosing a major, or you know the exact career path you are planning on taking in life, the “What Can I Do with This Major?” binder and the College Majors Handbook are incredibly valuable resources to take a look at in order to fully prepare yourself for life after graduation.
Written by Shannon, junior Biology major