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MAJOR AND CAREER EXPLORATION

Deciding on a major and/or career is a process which involves personal reflection and dedicated research to reach a best-fit decision. No matter where you are at in the process, the First Year Advising Center is here to help! 

If you are unsure of your major and career interests, it may be a good idea to first reflect on your interests, values, personality, skills and leisure activities. Below you will find a link to Focus2 OU, an online assessment tool that encourages self-discovery and provides resources and results that can aid in your major and career selection process. Start your self-reflection today and explore your major and career options. 

Contact your adviser to go over results or for help with any questions you may have about your major or career.

Use these resources in addition to the results of your Focus2 OU assessment to help make a major and career decision that fits you best. It is important to learn as much as you can about the majors and careers that you are considering. These resources offer the research and data needed to help plan out your future goals. 

Face-to-face Connections

Sometimes the best way to learn about a major or career is to go straight to the source. Interacting directly with individuals who have experience in a specific major or career can provide the insight needed to determine if this major or career is a good fit for you.

Courses: Try to pick general education courses that allow you to explore your major and career interests. View general education courses.

  • Professors: Professors offer great insight into career options and major knowledge.  To contact a professor, use your syllabus or the directory. All correspondence with professors should be in a professional manner.
  • Informational Interviews: An informational interview is a great way to research a career by interviewing a person already employed in that field. These interviews allow you to obtain information about the career field and learn about the skills and educational experiences you will need to enter the field. Review a list of sample questions you can ask. Supplemental resources are also available through Career Services.
  • Job Shadowing: Job shadowing is one step further than informational interviews.  Instead of a brief meeting, the person investigating the career spends a substantial period of time (generally one hour to one day) observing a professional’s day-to-day work activities.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering is an awesome way to give back but can also help you to explore your interests with minimal investment. The Office for Student Involvement provides a list of community agencies and events in need of volunteers.
 
 
 
 
 

It is important to keep yourself organized during the research process to avoid becoming overwhelmed and to help you make your ultimate decision easier. Make sure to find what works best for you. Below are examples of a few organizational systems and things to keep in mind.

Changing Your Major

  • If you are a first-year student, contact your FYAC adviser and they will direct you to the necessary form to request a major change. It might also be helpful to set up an in-person meeting to discuss your change before filling out the form. 
  • If you are a sophomore, junior or senior, go to the general advising website to find the school or college of your intended major and request a major change there. 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have decided upon a major and/or career look at the resources below.

 
 
 
 
 

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