How To Choose A Major Choosing A Major Calls

How To Choose A Major Choosing A Major Calls

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How to Choose a Major
Choosing a major calls for gathering information, weighing
alternatives, and allowing unhurried time for both thinking concretely
and daydreaming. Choosing a major should be a process, leading to
discovery and, ultimately, increased career satisfaction.
This process may or may not be a step-by-step progression; rather, it
may be fluid or cyclical, i.e. starting at step 4 or 5 and then
discovering this is not what you want to do in life and then moving to
step 1.
(Note: Words in “BLUE” are links to web resources. Press CTR+Click to
follow link)
The Process…
1.
Self-assessment/discovery
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Values and Values Self-assessment - Work Importance Profiler
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Interests
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Personality
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Skills or Skills Profiler
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Other interesting web links: www.whodoyouwant2b.com or
becomopedia.com
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Visit our Career Center to complete a Myers Briggs Type
Indicator (MBTI) Career Report and/or Strong Profile College
Edition
2.
Identify options/Research
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Gather possible careers from self-assessment results (above)
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Use Career Services resources such as web links, videos, and
books
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Read Vocational Biographies for thousands of occupations (free
access from on campus; SURF ID and Password required for
access off campus)
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Seek out in-depth information such as job outlook on Eureka:
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Click “Sign Up”
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Under Students/Clients enter Site ID Code: SHI34WR and complete
the personal info. form and choose a login name and password
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Know your projected salary for the local area, job description,
where you can gain educational and experiential preparation, etc.
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Or use the virtual career center
3.
Decision Making
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Compare options side by side
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Identify pros and cons
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Identify if negative self-talk or self-defeating thoughts may
be influencing your decision
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Discuss your options with those who know you well
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Remember to check options against what you learned in
self-assessments
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Does it fulfill your passion in life as well as meet your
practical needs?
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Remember, it is your life goals and ultimately your decision!
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Try the Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire
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Develop SMART goals.
4.
Design Your Career Plan (short term/long term)
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Explore majors in California on-line
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Use academic resources to link career choice with college
major(s): in California, Out of State,
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What Can I do with this Major? , or google “What Can I do with
a Major in___”
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Identify educational requirements with a counselor – set up an
academic plan
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Visit the Transfer Center
5.
Experience Your Field
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See what a day in the life of a (fill in the blank) is like at
Career Cruising:
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Username: miracosta
Password: college
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Associations
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Conduct Informational Interviews &/or see www.roadtripnation.com
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Job Shadow, locate MCC Internship opportunities and other
Internships; seek out Service Learning opportunities
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Volunteer or work in your intended field when possible –
experience is important and will tell you if this field is right
for you!
6.
Launch your career (job search, resume…)
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Visit the Career Center if you need employment and/or
assistance finding and communicating with potential employers
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Create resumes, cover letters, or use one of our resume/cover
letter templates
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On-the-Spot Resume Review available once a week by one of our
career center specialists
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Job search engines: look up how your future jobs are being
advertised, and how to best prepare at www.indeed.com or
www.monster.com
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Prepare for interviews and read about others’ experiences of
interviewing with specific companies