Majors and Careers: Selecting and Changing

Choosing a major is an important decision that will shape your college education and subsequent career path. When choosing a major, consider:

  • What keeps your interest and motivation?
  • What challenges you?
  • What reflects your values?
  • What is within your abilities?
  • What is a realistic and attainable goal?

Selecting a major is not a decision that should be made hastily. You should spend time researching different majors in a variety of fields, talking with academic advisors/counselors, professors and other students.

Steps for Selecting, Changing, or Researching a Major:
  1. Check out "What can I do with this Major?" a convenient resource that will help you connect UM-Flint majors with careers. You can view outlines of common career areas, typical employers and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities AND lists of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers.
  2. Research the job market for the majors you are interested in; the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a great resource.
  3. You are encouraged to engage in one-on-one Career Counseling. A typical career exploration cycle:
  • Counseling Session #1
  • Counseling Session #2
    • Review Focus 2 Results
    • Career Assessment given: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    • Career Research
    • Handout with list of how to research careers
    • Declare a major
    • Schedule a follow-up meeting
    • Identify at least one academic department to meet with
       
  • Counseling session #3
    • Review MBTI Results
    • Career Assessment given: Strong Interest Inventory
    • Career Research
    • Declare a major
    • Schedule a follow-up meeting
    • Identify at least two academic departments to meet with
       
  • Counseling Session #4
    • Review Strong Results
    • Career Research
    • Declare a major
    • Schedule a meeting with academic department(s) of choice