Do you dread The Question? You know the one... "What is your major?"
Fear not. Many students start their collegiate career without a major. And still others will change their major at least once before graduating. It's not a bad thing. If this is you, focus on taking the required Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, while exploring your interests. Here are some ideas to think about when thinking about your major:
- Read the university catalog and highlight any course that sounds interesting. Is there a pattern?
- Take an introductory course in a major that sounds intriguing. It won't
be a waste of time - it will count as an elective.
- Evaluate courses you complete. Did you like the subject matter, the assignments, the skills you used in the course?
- Meet with a professor who teaches courses in your major(s) of interest. They do it all the time and can offer great insight about their field. Offer to meet over lunch or coffee.
- Conduct brief informational interviews with individuals who are in a job you think you might enjoy. This may include speaking with Bluffton alumni about their own decision making process. More about the Alumni Mentoring Network If you need help finding someone, the Center for Career & Vocation can help!
- Visit the Center for Career and Vocation and peruse books about occupations of interest. There is a wide selection that may be borrowed from the center.
- Seek self-knowledge - complete individual assessments to identify your skills, abilities, talents, personality type and how those attributes match with different careers and jobs. Assessments can help affirm or discover skills or interests you may have that relate to a career.
- Seek opportunities for involvement on campus in order to test your skills and determine what you are doing. More than 50 organizations from which to choose!
- Develop the skills that will make you marketable no matter what major you choose. These skills include critical thinking, listening, writing, interpersonal, organization, etc.
- Don't panic! A major and a job are not one and the same. There are a variety of careers available
to liberal arts majors. Waiting a year to declare your major may be one of your wisest
Additional resources to help explore other fields:
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed descriptions of occupations including working conditions, required training and education, salary and employment outlook for a variety of career fields.
- Career Zone offers information about thousands of occupations. This database may be searched by education required, wages or by job title.
- Vault provides information on what it’s like to work at a particular organization or in a specific field.
- Talk to an Alumni Mentor- a Bluffton grad with experience in your field of interest.
- Get paid to explore your vocation through grant opportunities.
Explore the career resource library and take an assessment test with our office! Contact the Center for Career and Vocation to set up an appointment or call 419-358-3247. For further information or questions, contact Shari Ayers.