What Can I Do With a Major In… ACTV8 Your Career WU Career Services March 26, 2010
Outline <ul><li>I. Myths and Facts </li></ul><ul><li>II. Kinds of Majors </li></ul><ul><li>III. Points to Consider </li></...
Do You Know <ul><li>Nearly 1/3 of students enter college as undecided, and of those who enter with a major, 60-70% change ...
8 Career or Major Myths <ul><li>Are they True or False? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>There is one perfect care...
The Big Myth Choosing a Major = Choosing a Career <ul><li>Fact:  Major does  not  equal career for most fields.  Research ...
Different Kinds of Majors <ul><li>Career Specific   </li></ul><ul><li>Specific preparation for a particular job or occupat...
Types of Majors cont’d <ul><li>Career Related   </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at a specific field of employment but not at a par...
Majors cont’d <ul><li>Non Career Specific   </li></ul><ul><li>Not oriented toward employment in a specific career or parti...
Kinds of Majors *Majority are Non Career Specific
Linear Paths –  Can you spot the symmetry? <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul><u...
Actual Outcomes <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><...
Other Points to Consider <ul><li>120 hours required for a degree; most majors only have 50-60 in the major dept. </li></ul...
What Are You Really Learning? <ul><li>Transferable Skills! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Activity!
Top Ten Qualities/Skills Employers Seek* <ul><li>1. Communication Skills (verbal & written) </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Honesty ...
How can you obtain/demonstrate  these qualities? <ul><li>Student Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Jobs </li></ul><ul...
How to Choose Your Major or Career <ul><li>Step One: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess your interests, abilities, and values </...
To make a good decision, you need good information, and lots of it. <ul><ul><li>Step One: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self Asse...
Step two: Explore Majors and Careers <ul><li>What majors are available at Washburn University? </li></ul><ul><li>You may n...
Explore Careers <ul><li>Check out the “ What can I do with a major in…?”  section on the WU Career Services website </li><...
Step Three: Narrow Your Choices <ul><li>Review information.  Consider both positive and negative aspects of each option. <...
What additional information do you need? <ul><li>Career Information :  </li></ul><ul><li>-Meet with a career counselor in ...
Develop Your Plan <ul><li>Seek relevant and related opportunities such as student organizations, summer jobs, community se...
Remember this Guiding Principle <ul><li>“ Not all those who wander are lost.” </li></ul><ul><li>- J.R.R. Tolkien , The Lor...
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  1. 1. What Can I Do With a Major In… ACTV8 Your Career WU Career Services March 26, 2010
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>I. Myths and Facts </li></ul><ul><li>II. Kinds of Majors </li></ul><ul><li>III. Points to Consider </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Conclusion/Evaluation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Do You Know <ul><li>Nearly 1/3 of students enter college as undecided, and of those who enter with a major, 60-70% change majors at least once. </li></ul><ul><li>It is best to explore majors and then be able to make an INFORMED decision about your major. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 8 Career or Major Myths <ul><li>Are they True or False? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>There is one perfect career for me. </li></ul><ul><li>I should choose a major or career field based on what's &quot;hot&quot; in the current job market. </li></ul><ul><li>People with humanities or liberal arts majors have trouble finding jobs because they don't have any marketable skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Since I have general education credits and electives to complete at WU, I can wait until I'm a junior to figure out my major. </li></ul><ul><li>If I take the introductory course in a potential major, I’ll know for sure it's for me. </li></ul><ul><li>A major should be directly related to a future career goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Most college freshmen have a major and career path planned out. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking a career assessment test will tell me what I should choose for a major or career. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Big Myth Choosing a Major = Choosing a Career <ul><li>Fact: Major does not equal career for most fields. Research indicates only 50% of college graduates report a close relationship between their major and their job. </li></ul><ul><li>You are NOT choosing what to do with the “rest of your life.” </li></ul><ul><li>Research shows that people will change their careers a minimum of 3-5 times over their lifespan. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Different Kinds of Majors <ul><li>Career Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Specific preparation for a particular job or occupation. For licensure or certification in a profession or for highly specialized/technical fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: education, social work, engineering </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Majors cont’d <ul><li>Career Related </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at a specific field of employment but not at a particular job. Enter employment at a trainee level. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: journalism, general business, sport management, exercise physiology, telecommunications, family studies </li></ul>
  8. 8. Majors cont’d <ul><li>Non Career Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Not oriented toward employment in a specific career or particular field. Combined with related experience, results in a career-related degree. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: psychology, history, english, communication studies, political science </li></ul>
  9. 9. Kinds of Majors *Majority are Non Career Specific
  10. 10. Linear Paths – Can you spot the symmetry? <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoonist </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinarian </li></ul><ul><li>Latin Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Bond Trader </li></ul><ul><li>Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Service Officer </li></ul><ul><li>HS Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecutor, DA’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>Therapist </li></ul>
  11. 11. Actual Outcomes <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoonist </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinarian </li></ul><ul><li>Latin Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Bond Trader </li></ul><ul><li>Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Service Officer </li></ul><ul><li>HS Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecutor, DA’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>Therapist </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other Points to Consider <ul><li>120 hours required for a degree; most majors only have 50-60 in the major dept. </li></ul><ul><li>The name of your major is a very thin line on your resume. The largest part of your resume is what you’ve done. Your resume is more about who you are than what your degree is. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Are You Really Learning? <ul><li>Transferable Skills! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Relations/Interpersonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Investigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and Management </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Activity!
  15. 15. Top Ten Qualities/Skills Employers Seek* <ul><li>1. Communication Skills (verbal & written) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Honesty and Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>3. Strong Work Ethic </li></ul><ul><li>4. Analytical Skills </li></ul><ul><li>5. Flexibility and Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>6. Interpersonal Skills (relating well to others) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Motivation and Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>8. Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>9. Detail Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>10. Organizational Skills </li></ul><ul><li>* Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2006. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How can you obtain/demonstrate these qualities? <ul><li>Student Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service/Volunteer Campus Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Course Projects and Papers </li></ul>
  17. 17. How to Choose Your Major or Career <ul><li>Step One: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess your interests, abilities, and values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step Two: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore Majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and Careers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step Three </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow your choices, select your major, and develop experience. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. To make a good decision, you need good information, and lots of it. <ul><ul><li>Step One: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self Assessment Identify your interests, abilities, and values. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete assessments in the Assessment office in 122 Morgan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk with those who know you best to evaluate strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Step two: Explore Majors and Careers <ul><li>What majors are available at Washburn University? </li></ul><ul><li>You may not know which you want, but you likely know many that you do NOT want. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Explore Careers <ul><li>Check out the “ What can I do with a major in…?” section on the WU Career Services website </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct informational interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Job Shadow an employer of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Consult faculty/staff in the majors you’re interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with a Career Services professional! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Step Three: Narrow Your Choices <ul><li>Review information. Consider both positive and negative aspects of each option. </li></ul><ul><li>What careers seem to fit best with your interests, abilities, and values? </li></ul>
  22. 22. What additional information do you need? <ul><li>Career Information : </li></ul><ul><li>-Meet with a career counselor in Career Services, 123 Morgan. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic/Major Information : </li></ul><ul><li>-Meet with an advisor in CUSP, 122 Morgan. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Develop Your Plan <ul><li>Seek relevant and related opportunities such as student organizations, summer jobs, community service, internships, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Career Services to develop your career plan. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Remember this Guiding Principle <ul><li>“ Not all those who wander are lost.” </li></ul><ul><li>- J.R.R. Tolkien , The Lord of the Rings </li></ul>

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