deciding on your
major? Wondering what other options are available to you? Do you want
to explore a career field that sounds really exciting?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to let us
help you clarify your major or career decision. Here are some tips and
resources that may help you:
are You in the Career Decision-Making Process?
Use this checklist to determine where you need to spend time and energy
in making a good career/major decision. Note the resources to
help you in your decision-making.
- What Can I Do With This Major? Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.
a Staff Member Throughout the process of
deciding your major or career, you are encouraged to talk with a Career
Center staff person who can answer your questions and guide you.
Bulletin - Gain an overview of
academic offerings at USC. Note admission and progression requirements and learn
more about Adacemic Majors and Minors.
Departments - Review the websites of academic
departments in which you are considering a major.
Decision Making Tip Sheet - Learn about the process
for making a good career decision.
Tools - The Career Center offers tools you can use
to discover or clarify your career interests. These include
FOCUS, the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), and the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator (MBTI).
Exploration Web Resources
- Access additional
decision-making tools, see how academic majors connect you to careers,
and research career options.
Library - Learn more about career options and
recommended academic preparation for those options.
Shadowing & Information Interviewing (Spur Connections Mentor
Database) - Learn from professionals about how they have used their
majors and gain insight about career fields.
- Explore the Workplace Through an Externship - Externships are a great opportunity to explore the workplace, network with practitioners, and learn more about life as a professional. Join the Career Center on an outing to an employer organization to take a tour and talk about career options.
Your Major - Once you have decided on a possible
major, learn how to officially make the change.