Academic Advising Center for Undeclared Majors

 
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Plotting Your Course


Unsure about what major to choose?       

                DON'T    

  This is why...

  • Statistics show that most college students change their major at least
    once and some change their major several times during their
    college career.

  • A common belief about choosing a major is that it ties you to a
    specific career. Fortunately, the reality is that a bachelor's degree
    will prepare you for many career paths. Research shows that only
    about half of college graduates report a close tie between their
    major and their current career.

   There is more to your education than just choosing a major...

    When you graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University you
    will have acquired "marketable skills" which are derived from all life's
    experiences.  Let's look at the skills employers look for in potential
    employees:


     COMMUNICATION SKILLS
    
PLANNING SKILLS
     HUMAN RELATIONS SKILLS
     LEADERSHIP SKILLS
     PERSONAL SKILLS
     VALUING SKILLS
     SOCIAL SKILLS
     
ANALYTICAL SKILLS
     RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS

   You will see that your academic coursework and life
   experiences as a college student help you develop
   these skills...

        ...so major in
                    something
                            you
ENJOY!


   How do you select a major that will you make you happy?

   Selecting a major is a several step process, one which begins your
   freshman year and evolves as you mature and learn.
There is no
   crystal ball, or perfect test, or clairvoyant counselor who can direct
   you to a perfect major. BUT, for most students there are several majors
   which will be a good fit and will prepare you for numerous career options.




  What are your ABILITIES?

Where are your academic strengths? Refer to your college
admission test scores (SAT or ACT). Is one area noticeably
higher than the other? High verbal scores relate to courses
which require significant reading and writing. High math
scores indicate an ability to succeed in the math and science
related courses. Check your transcript for those courses you
were successful in and enjoyed.

  Who are you - really?

Here are a few self-assessment tools to aid you in identifying
your goals and interests.

                                                  
- Do you like to work with people?                               
                                            with animals?                
 
                Or do you like facts and figures? 
        
 

                    Take this ACT WORLD-OF-WORK MAP ASSESSMENT
                     to find out!
     

- What is your personality type?

                    Take the HOLLAND CODE SAMPLE SURVEY to find out!

 

   OTHER ASSESSMENTS FOR FUN!

-What is your medieval vocational personality?

             Take the KINDOMALITY PERSONAL PREFERENCE PROFILE
              t
o find out!





 
 Visit CAREER SERVICES and COUNSELING SERVICES 
for more information about yourself and your possible
major selections.

One of the best places on campus to start exploring your
personal self and your life goals is at the Counseling & Career
Services office located in the Rusk Building. Contact them to
see what they have to offer.

  WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN (blank)?
Here you can explore the possibilities of each major.  

  Visit the OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK online.
This is a comprehensive handbook created by the U.S.
Department of Labor. It lists virtually every possible occupation
and gives you valuable information on each one, such as potential
earnings, training and education requirements, and job outlook.
Explore YOUR possible occupations.

  Contact the appropriate academic department for more information on choosing that major.

Visit their web site, email and meet with them for the essential
information on your possible major choices.

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SFASU Academic Advising for Undeclared Majors
Location: Steen Library 203
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00
Phone: 936-468-5803
Email: advising@sfasu.edu

Webmaster - Tricia Lance

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