Career and Major Exploration
The Office of Career Services can assist students and alumni in exploring career options and provides career advising and assessments based on skills, interests, values and personality.
To begin your career exploration, ask yourself these questions:
- What subjects have I enjoyed the most?
- What topics/ideas challenge and inspire me?
- What class projects do I look forward to?
- What tasks directly relate to my interests and abilities?
- What kind of work do I like to do?
- What do other people say that I do well?
- What skills do I bring to my extracurricular activities?
- What kinds of activities give me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, consider taking a series of self assessments. Contact the Office of Career Services for an appointment.
After some self-reflection, take the following steps:
- Visit faculty or look through the UT catalog and read through the general information and course descriptions for a particular major. List of majors at UT.
- Talk to a student who is in a major that you are interested in or someone who has a job that you would like to have. See what their major was and the steps they took to get where they are today. This is called an information interview. Download a PDF of sample questions.
- Consider taking CAR 201, Career Decision Making. This one-hour course is designed for second semester freshmen, incoming transfer students and sophomores who have not yet declared a major or who are unsure of their previously declared major. Students will gain an understanding of the process of career decision-making and explore interests, skills, values and personality.
- Attend Career events, such as Focus on, internship fairs, and career fairs.
- Research our online resource, What can I do with this major?
- Explore careers by getting hands-on experience through job shadowing, part-time and summer jobs, volunteer opportunities or internships.
- Read about career profiles. There are many resources available that can help you learn more about specific careers.
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Academic and Career Information from www.facts.org
- Career Information from Career One Stop
- Career Information from ACI Net
- Partnership for Public Service