Career Center

MAJOR DECISION PROCESS

choosing a major processStudents change their major an average of three times before graduation. Choosing a major doesn't limit you to one career. Most majors give you the education that can enable you to enter a variety of careers. Here are the most effective steps in choosing a major / career:

Step 1: Begin with Self Assessment

What are you...
  • Interests
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Goals
  • Personality Traits / Preferences
  • Career Interests
  • Preferred Work Environment

Step 2: Gather Career Information

Step 3: Discuss Your Options

  • Talk to professionals in your field, UNCW Alumni, faculty, advisors, and current students to get the inside scoop. Learn how to network… from the initial contact to what questions to ask here
  • UNCW Student Organizations
  • What Can I Do With A Major In
  • SeaWork (job/internship/employer database)
  • CareerShift (job/contacts/company search engine)
  • Job Shadow
  • Meet with a career counselor

Step 4: Test Drive Your Careers

  • Job Shadowing
  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Related Part-Time Job
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate research
  • Join a Student Club/Org.
  • Take exploratory courses