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  • Choosing Your KU Major
    University Career Center
    110 Burge Union
    M-F: 8am-5pm
    Open Year-Round
  • Today’s Objectives
    Careers and Majors Quiz
    Identifying Your Interests and Skills
    Major and Career Possibilities
    Useful Resources
    Practical Experience Ideas
    Action Steps
    July 27, 2010
    Slide 2
  • Careers & Majors Pop Quiz
    How many times will the typical college student change their major before they graduate?A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 3-5
    How many jobs will today’s average college graduate holdbefore retirement?A. 3-5 B. 6-9 C. 10-12 D. 15+
    How many different occupations exist today?A. 1,000 B. 5,000 C. 10,000 D. 20,000
    There is only one “right” career or major for you.True / False
    The major you choose will determine your career options. True / False
    - 3
  • Major & Career Planning Process
    Informed decisions about majors
    and careers involve the following…
    Assessing yourpersonal strengths, interests, personality, values, and talents
    Exploring and researching possible academic degree programs at KU and career options
    Engaging in hands-on experiences that enhance your career development and allow you to “try on” majors and careers that interest you
    Slide 4
    July 27, 2010
  • Self-Assessment
    How you can identify and learn more about your
    interests, skills, and values:
    Take career assessment(s)
    (Strong Interest Inventory, Do What You Are, StrengthsQuest, FOCUS)
    Talk with people who know you well
    (Family, friends, advisors)
    Take a career exploration course
    (PRE 210 – Career and Life Planning)
    Meet with a career coach
  • Major & Career Exploration
    Important questions to ask when researching majors:
    Are there admission requirements? How competitive is the admission process?
    What are the course requirements?
    Does this major offer any emphasis areas or concentrations that are of interest to you?
    What skill sets do students with this major develop through their coursework?
    What are some of the common occupational areas that alumni of this major pursue?
  • Major & Career Exploration
    Resources to help you research majors:
    Online Resources
    Online course catalog
    KU academic programs website
    Departmental websites
    UCC Careers for You webpage
    Additional Resources
    • Academic advisor in department/school and/or University Advising Center
    • Departmental faculty members
    • Current/former students with this major
    • UCC Resource Library (110 Burge Union)
  • Major & Career Exploration
    Resources to help you research occupations:
    Online Resources
    UCC Careers for You Webpage
    America’s Career
    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    WetFeet Career & Industry Guides
    Additional Resources
    • UCC career coach
    • Departmental faculty members
    • LinkedIn
    • Job shadowing
    • Informational interviewing
  • Gain Practical Experience
    There are many ways to “test-drive” your career options, including:
    Part-time jobs
    Student organizations
  • Next Steps
    July 27, 2010
    Slide 10
    • Choose 3-5 majors or careers to research further
    • Talk with others – family, friends, advisors, etc.
    • Make an appointment with a career coach
    • Take career assessment(s)
    • Explore
    • Look for ways to gain practical experience
  • Thank You!
    University Career Center
    110 Burge Union
    M-F: 8am-5pm
    Open Year-Round