Guide to choosing a major
Major Analysis Worksheet
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The first step in choosing a major or a career is to take a comprehensive look at yourself and identify your skills, interests, personality, and values. Follow-up your self –assessment with exploring and researching possible occupations based on your self-assessment results. Resources listed in this section will provide you with tools for self- assessment along with related lists of occupations and web resources to learn more about the majors and fields that interest you. We invite you to schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor to learn how your self assessment relates to possible majors and careers.
Take special note of the relationship of your college major to specific career fields. Some career choices dictate that you choose a specific undergraduate major. However, most career fields don't require a specific major, and people with specific majors don't have to use them in ways most commonly expected.
Your choice of a major is only one factor in determining your future job prospects and career path. Your grades, the electives you choose, your related experiences (including jobs, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities) can play a large part in determining how an employer or graduate school representative assesses your qualifications.
Regardless of your field of study, liberal arts students develop a variety of transferable skills that are highly desirable to many different types of employers. Skills developed at Ursinus, such as the ability to think creatively, communicate effectively, solve problems, organize ideas and resources, contribute to team efforts, conduct and explain research, and make decisions are highly sought after by employers.
Career advice from faculty, advisors, friends and parents should not be ignored, but the final decision rests with you!