Take a few minutes to read about these important topics:
These links will provide you with information about
how to choose a major or develop a career pathway.
Choosing a Major: Do What You LOVE
Choosing a major can be overwhelming. It may seem like
a critical task; but in reality, the choice you make
will not restrict you to a defined career down the road.
It is likely that you will change your major at least
once. Your interests, as well as your goals and values,
are likely to change during four years.
Welcome to the Career Journey
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has some helpful information.
Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your
The most important piece of advice in this article follows
this sentence, so please make note of it and repeat
it to yourself as often as you need as you read this
article and make decisions regarding choosing a major
in college. Are you ready for it? The advice: Don't
Taking the Mystery Out of Majors
If you're the type of student who has higher hopes for
your college career, the following is a list of frequently
asked questions about college majors that should help
reduce some of the confusion.
Resources about Majors
This site has a tremendous amount of information and
provides you with additional resources.
Choosing and Using Your Major
Most college students think a corresponding academic
major exists for each specific career field, and that
it's impossible to enter most career fields unless they
choose that matching major for undergraduate study.
This is not true!
Fishing for a College Major - Thinking About
As you begin to think about your college major, more
likely than not thoughts and questions about what you'll
do with your life after college will creep into your
mind. Will a degree in Music Theory help you feed your
children and pay the utility bills? Do you need to major
in economics to become an entrepreneur? Can you major
in philosophy and still go on to medical school and
become a doctor?
Ten Tips For Selecting a Major
If you are undecided about your major, you are in good
company. “Undeclared” is one of the most popular majors
for first-year students at VCU (and probably many other
colleges as well). Because you can't actually graduate
with undeclared as your major, we recommend you try
several strategies to make help you in selecting a program
Some Common Misperceptions about Choosing a
Students often begin their exploration of majors with
preconceived ideas about the best ways to go about choosing
a major and about what impact that choice will have.
Unfortunately, many of these ideas are misperceptions
that can deter real progress.
Taking the Mystery Out of Majors
If you’re the type of student who has higher hopes
for your college career, the following is a list of
frequently asked questions about college majors that
should help reduce some of the confusion.
Choosing Your Major
If you are wondering what to major in and are asking
“What can I do with a major in this?,” you’re
not alone. This is a question frequently asked by undeclared
students and is one of many factors that can get in
the way of major and career choice. But while this question
may seem to be the most logical one to ask, answers
for many majors may be difficult to find. Why is this?
How to Choose a Major and Investigate Careers
Many students are undecided about their majors when
they enter college-and many who think they have decided
will change their minds more than once before they graduate.
Although parents and friends will keep asking you what
you're majoring in, you shouldn't feel pressured to
make a quick decision. There is a lot to choose from
at a university of this size, and there are many factors
you need to think about as you are considering potential
majors. On the average, people change majors three times
and careers seven times. Take time to explore your interests
and your options.
The Importance of a Major
A major is the field in which you choose to specialize
during your undergraduate study. Your choice determines
the academic discipline that will absorb a significant
portion of your academic time and energy. Upon successful
completion of the major requirements and University
requirements, you receive a bachelor's degree. Your
major offers an opportunity to develop your intellectual
skill, to show your capability in grasping a subject
from the fundamentals through advanced study. What you
study is an important personal decision. How you approach
your study, using the academic resources available to
you becomes an important measure by which you and others
will evaluate your educational success or achievement.
To give yourself a chance to produce your very best
work, choose a subject you find stimulating. It can
be difficult to excel in courses that you do not enjoy,
and conversely you will naturally excel in courses that
you find exciting. If you find that your major courses
are drudgery, reevaluate your choice of major.
Myths About Major
When selecting a major and deciding on a career direction,
it is important to make the most well informed decisions
possible. These decisions should be based on facts rather
than myths. They should include a variety of factors
-- first, your interests, values, skills, and abilities;
and second, your knowledge of the career fields and
job opportunities. Commonly believed myths, dispelled
below, will not help you to decide on a major.
to Double Major
Double Majors Do Double Duty
Many college students choose a major simply because
it interests them. Others decide on a major that will
guide them toward a specific career. But what if you
want to do more?
Depending on your school, you may have more options
than you think. Adding a minor or a double or dual major
can enhance your academic experience and give you an
advantage when job-searching after graduation.
Tips for Those Considering a Double Major
If you are not intimidated by the extra effort involved
in a double major, keep the following guidelines in
mind when choosing your majors. Read the fine print:
A little investigation freshman year can save a lot
of misery senior year. Double majoring in Physics and
Biochemistry might be easier than say, Physics and History,
since both Physics and Chemistry draw upon many of the
same courses. Then again, it might not. Some schools
have rules against overlapping courses.
Does Your Minor Matter?
Many students spend so much energy deciding on college
majors that they sometimes overlook a related –-
and sometimes equally important –- question: What
minor, if any, should you choose?
As with so many career issues you'll face during the
college years, there is no straightforward correct answer.
Insofar as prospective employers are concerned, it all
Although College students are not required to complete
a minor, students may choose to do so to bring an element
of cohesiveness to the electives.
With Your Advisor
Meeting with Your Advisor
To begin with, it is helpful if the advisor
has a chance to meet with you outside of the rush of
last minute deadlines and other distractions. It is
up to you to initiate the first contact by calling or
emailing your advisor to set up a time to meet. We also
recommend that you determine the name and office number
of the administrative staff person who supports your
advisor in case you need further assistance locating
or getting in touch with your advisor. Dropping in on
an advisor between classes is perhaps the least effective
way to establish a good advising relationship. So pick
a time that works for both of you and plan to talk about
the academic issues that are foremost on your agenda.
What you can do as an advisee.
The Value of a Mentor
A mentor is that one person who can guide you, help
you, take you under his or her wing, and nurture your
Find a Mentor
Once you’ve decided you want a mentor, it may
at first seem difficult to find one. There are only
so many professors for a lot of students, and you may
not have that many contacts with the outside world.
However, here are some tips to help you in your mentor
Having a mentor can help engineers and other professionals
at all experience levels with objective guidance that
can help chart a career path. In selecting a mentor it
is important to be sure you'll both have the time to communicate,
and that each can be honest about any situation.
Trust is key to a successful mentoring relationship.
Mentors can help you make the most of your education and
help ease the transition from school to work. In return,
mentors can pass along their experiences, interact with
other professionals, learn new approaches, and keep up-to-date.
Both student and mentor benefit from the relationship.