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Undeclared Program: Steps to Choosing a Major

Step 1 — Assess Yourself » Step 2 » Step 3 » Step 4

A good first step in the decision making process is to assess your interests, skills/abilities, and values.  

To assist you in this process:

  1. Consider the following questions…
    • What are the subjects in which you excel and find intriguing?
    • What activities do you especially enjoy--research, writing, performing, sports, hands-on activities, organizing, creative activities? What are your hobbies?
    • What skills do you believe you possess, i.e., leadership, organization, teaching, research, etc?
    • What do you value--service to others, accumulating wealth, happiness in your home, independence in work situations? What brings you satisfaction? What kind of environment makes you happiest?

  2. Meet with an Undeclared Program Academic Advisor to discuss your goals, interests and challenges.

  3. Attend a Major Choice Workshop.

  4. The Career Center located in the Veitch Student Center, NW Wing offers a variety of assessments to assist you in examining your interests, values, skills, and personality.  Drop in and meet with a Career Counselor for their recommendation for which assessment(s) to take.  In a follow-up appointment a Career Counselor will review your results and assist you with interpretation.

Other Online Assessment Tools
Take a look at some other ways to benefit from knowing more about how your personality and careers line up.

  • The Career Key, by Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Take a professional career test and identify potential job strengths.
  • The Keirsey Temperament Sorter - categorizes personality traits and shows how certain careers are in harmony with those traits.
  • California CareerZone: California CareerZone is a new way to explore exciting jobs and occupations that the Golden State has to offer and to learn about what career path interests you.