Choosing a Major/Career

  Research Majors and Careers
 People tend to gravitate towards what they know, which is natural and understandable- but it may limit your choices. So how can you choose a career if you don’t know what kinds of jobs are out there?

Here are some suggestions for how to learn about the enormous range of possibilites:

 ·        Read about careers and organizations. The resources below will serve as a good starting point, but also consider the many books in our Career Resource library. There is virtually no information you want that you cannot find.

·        Search the Warren Wilson Career Network at OWLink and look at the Triad Outcomes. What are alumni in your major doing? What was their career path? While doing research, remember to interview several people. (link to networking information) A variety of opinions will provide you the balanced picture of the field.

·        Each year a number of alumni visit campus for academic department and career sponsored events. Attend them!

 

Questions

The following are questions to guide your search:

 ·        What are the responsibilities of the job?

·        Does the work match the skills, interest, values and personality traits?

·        What is a typical day like? Week?

·        What are the prospects for entering the field?

·        What are the advancement opportunities for women?

·        What are the education and experience requirements to enter this field?

·        What would be the best way to find work/ get experience?

·        What kind of salary could I expect to make?

·        What are the positives and negatives about this career?

·        Will I be happy and effective doing this work?

·        What does the physical setting look and feel like? Can I work in such a setting?

·        Are there people like me in this career field? Will I be comfortable with my colleagues?

 

Sites to Research Majors and Careers

Career One Stop
This site contains occupational information that will increase your overall understanding of the job market, including supply/demand and wages.

The Career Project
Research careers by reading personal accounts of people in a wide variety of jobs.

Career Zone
Important information on hundreds of careers in a concise format

Careers Out There
Career videos featuring interviews with professionals from all types of jobs talking about what they do.

CityTownInfo.com
Read real life career stories from professionals in various fields.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Government’s premier publication in career guidance, provides essential information about hundreds of occupations.

ONET
Find concise occupational information on over 950 jobs.

WetFeet.com
Research Career and Industry Profiles, found in the blue meniu at the bottom of the page, to learn insider information about a variety of paths.

People are perhaps the most important source of information about new jobs – or, for that matter, careers.