Some students come to college knowing exactly what they want to study and have a plan from the beginning, however the majority do not. Choosing a major and career can sometimes be two linear processes, for example, if you want to be a pharmacist you should apply to be pre-pharmacy. However, if you want to be a grant writer, research scientist, politician, etc. there’s no one major that will you prepare you for your career of choice.
Depending upon what you want to do, you might choose your major based on:
- Career options (if the major relates to a direct career path)
- What classes you enjoy and what you like to study, what faculty you’ve connected with
- Opportunity for research, study abroad, and co-curricular opportunities
- What classes come naturally to you, what are you good at?
Explore major options by:
- Becoming familiar with the majors at UConn – Do a process of elimination activity to narrow down your top choices
- Going to department webpages to read about curriculum, course descriptions, academic support, and faculty
- Speaking to an academic advisor or faculty member from specific majors (If you’re still between a lot of options, meet with an ACES advisor)
- Meeting with a career consultant to discuss how the majors you are considering connect to careers
- Reviewing “What can I do with my Major Pages” to see some ideas of related careers
- Participate The Major Experience (TME) – a University-wide major exploration program, designed to help students explore majors in a holistic, interactive, and intentional manner
Explore career options by:
Reflecting on your personal values, interests, personality, and skills by meeting with a career consultant or taking assessments in HuskyCareerPrep.
These exercises will help you consider:
- What are your career “must-haves?” What are your deal-breakers?”
- What careers would be fulfilling to you? What are you passionate about?
- What careers will support your personality style and come naturally to you?
- What are you good at or what skills would you like to use?
Research industries and careers in HuskyCareerPrep using:
- Vault – Go to HuskyCareerPrep, click on Research tab, Click on Vault, Review Industries and Professions
- *Onet – Research specific careers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Research specific careers
- HuskyCareerLink – UConn’s online job board. Look to see what opportunities are currently posted and employers who have recruited at UConn
Talk to people- get advice from people in the careers you’re interested in: