Unsure about what major to choose?
show that most college students change their major
once and some change their major several times during
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
about half of college graduates report a close tie
major and their current career.
is more to your education than just choosing a major...
you graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University
will have acquired "marketable
skills" which are derived from all life's
experiences. Let's look at
the skills employers look for in potential
HUMAN RELATIONS SKILLS
RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS
will see that your academic coursework and life
experiences as a college student help you
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
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.
are your ABILITIES?
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
which require significant reading and writing. High
scores indicate an ability to succeed in the math and
related courses. Check your transcript for those courses
were successful in and enjoyed.
Who are you - really?
are a few self-assessment tools to aid you in identifying
your goals and interests.
- Do you like to work with people?
do you like facts and figures?
WORLD-OF-WORK MAP ASSESSMENT
to find out!
What is your personality type?
the HOLLAND CODE SAMPLE SURVEY
to find out!
ASSESSMENTS FOR FUN!
is your medieval vocational personality?
PERSONAL PREFERENCE PROFILE
for more information about yourself and your possible
One of the best places on campus to start exploring
personal self and your life goals is at the Counseling
Services office located in the Rusk Building. Contact
see what they have to offer.
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Here you can explore the possibilities of each major.
OUTLOOK HANDBOOK online.
This is a comprehensive handbook created by the U.S.
Department of Labor. It lists virtually every possible
and gives you valuable information on each one, such
earnings, training and education requirements, and job
Explore YOUR possible occupations.
the appropriate academic
department for more information on choosing that
Visit their web site,
email and meet with them for the essential
information on your possible major choices.