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Career Exploration: Where am I Going?

While you are working on your personal exploration, you can also begin to research ideas for majors and careers. As you look at options, notice which ones spark your interest, which ones sound un-interesting and when you identify interesting options, make sure you start to test them out (see How Do I Get There?). About 93 percent of employers say that critical thinking skills, quality communication and the ability to solve complex problems are more important than you major.* Pick a major that fits you! 

What Can I Do With This Major?

As you consider your major, remember to choose one that is interesting to you and one that allows you to use your natural abilities. The link below can give you some ideas of what students do with different majors, and the many different directions you can go.

UT Academic Excellence Programs

Additional Major Exploration Resources.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

This is an alphabetical listing of hundreds of careers that are out there. If you identified careers of interest through an assessment (see Who Am I section above) or in the What Can I Do With This Major link, you can locate that career in the OOH and see what it takes to pursue that option. Start to notice patterns and themes of roles that you research to help you identify what is important to you in a job or career.

*National Survey of Business and Non Profit Leaders

Association of American Colleges and Universities