Career Decisions

It is not uncommon for a first year student to have questions about choosing a major field of study and a career after graduation. Support is available to students who are going through a period of indecision. Discuss this topic with your Academic Advisor and with a Career Counselor in Career and Professional Development. Also review the handout below which provides information about choosing a major and a career. 

Career Assessments

Learn how your personality traits, interests, skills and values relate to majors and careers.  Self-assessments can help you choose a major, decide what to do after college, change careers or simply learn more about yourself.  Meet with a Career Counselor to determine which assessment is right for you.

Assessment Assesses
Choices360 interests, skills, values
Strong Interest Inventory interests and skills
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type and preferences
Holland Self-Directed Search (SDS) skills, interests, and career preferences

Career and Major Exploration

Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • A publication of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes information about hunders of occupations: the nature of the work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook.

What Can I Do With This Major?

  • By the University of Tennessee Knoxville. ITs a web resources featuring 80+ academic majors. Each major has a description of typical career paths and employers, strategies to maximize opportunities, professional associations, job postings and links to other related websites.

O*Net (Occupational Information Network)

  • An online database by U.S. Dept. of Labor Employment and Training Administration. It describes hundreds of occupations in terms of skills and knowledge required, personal characteristics (abilities, interests, and values) needed to perform the work, training and experience needed, the work activities and work settings, and the occupational outlook and pay scale.