Major & Career Exploration


Steps for a Major Career Decision:

1. ASSESS:

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The first step in deciding on a major is learning about who you are and what is important to you. Assessments are effective and reliable tools to help you understand your values, your work preferences and your skills. 

Review and identify the assessment you would most like to take then call 706-737-1604 to set up your appointment. (We suggest you only select one to start with of the following that require individual interpretation analysis.) Inform us of your selection and we will email you the details on how to complete prior to your appointment. Assessments typically take 30-45 minutes to an hour. Meet with your Career Advisor to review your results and determine next steps.

 

 
 

ResourcesAssessment Resources

Traitify:  Interactive, 3 minute online career assessment.  An Augusta University email address is required for registration.  No appointment needed to review results.

DISC Index & Values Index: Need a deeper understanding of yourself to optimize your true potential? The DISC is designed to help individuals understand how their behavioral strengths and tendencies can impact their goal achievement, interpersonal communication, job selection and optimization of their personal potential. The Values Index helps to identify what motivates you, what you are most drawn to and where your passions lie.

Focus2 : Undecided about a major or career? Focus2 combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning into one comprehensive product. Access code: aug

Knowdell Card Sort Program: - A hands-on assessment conducted via appointment with your Career Advisor using cards to quickly learn what you value and what motivates you to facilitate selecting a rewarding career path. 

Strong and MBTI Career Report: Available by appointment, this assessment provides a complete career development picture based on a combined interpretation of interests and personality using the two leading career inventories available. Includes four pages of individualized, interactive content for all clients starting a career, considering a career change, looking for career enrichment, or seeking work-life balance.

2. EXPLOREexplore

Research various occupations through:

Investigate3. INVESTIGATE

Volunteer Employers:

Check out our list of Volunteer Employers and find opportunities to expose you to organizations that you have an interest in and find ways to develop transferrable skills 

Internships:

Consult with your department and your Career Advisor to search for internship related to your major and areas of interest 

Part time Jobs:

Seek and apply for part time jobs on and off campus that will enable you to develop transferrable skills related to your field of interest. Use Handshake to find jobs. 

Job Shadow: Identify individuals currently working in areas you are most interested in and seek opportunities to shadow them while they work. Call 706-737-1604 to schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant to create a plan for this.

 

4. ACTIONAction

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5. CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES

What Color is Your Parachute?
Career one stop (occupation info/industry info/career tools)
Career planning (assessments/explore careers)
Learn How to Become (career tools/career development)

Other factors that influence your career and major decisions:

1. EXTERNAL FACTORS: non-personal

External Factors

Lack of information:
Often you just don’t have enough information to be comfortable making a decision. You may have had very little opportunity up to this point to learn about different majors and careers. Career Services is an excellent place to begin. If you’re more independent-minded, begin researching on your own.

Too much information:
This is particularly true because of all the information on the internet. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, but don’t give up: You can learn how to quickly and efficiently find good, accurate information on the web, and your career advisor can help guide you.

2. INTERNAL FACTORS: more personal

Sometimes, these concerns must be addressed before the decision-making process can be completed. Your Career Advisor can help you with all of these and/or refer you to other services such as the Counseling Center for more in-depth help.

  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Fear/anxiety
  • Conflicting values
  • Conflict with others
  • Multi-potentiality: You have skills and interests in many areas.