Major & Career Exploration

 Meet with an Advisor

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Choosing a Major or Career

   

1. Clarify a Direction 

Answer the following questions:directions, arrows where to go

    • What do I like to do? 
    • What is interesting to me? 
    • What am I good at?
    • What is really important to me i.e. what are my values?

Utilize free online resources like Career Coach and the links below to help you answer the questions below. 

  

 

 2Gather Information

 Gather Information

 

  • Talk to professors, or professionals in the field you are interested in and ask them questions like:
    • What made you decide to be a __________?
    • What is your favorite part of your job?
    • Do you have any advice for someone looking to enter this field?
    • Are there any resources you can recommend for someone new to the field?
  • Get involved with student clubs in your interest area
  • Use your GER's  to explore introductory courses for majors that you find interesting

***There is no rush or time limit to how long you can/should spend in the first two steps. 

 

 

 

3. Declare a Major 

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  • Meet with your chosen program's advisor to understand your options and finalize your choice
  • Fill out the Declaration of Major Form 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Assessments

Career Coach provides a launching point for personal exploration into majors and careers.  You can

  • Take a free assessment either 6 questions or 60
  • Explore how much demand a certain major or career has in the Alaskan job market
  • Determine salary and education needed for the career of your choice
  • Build a resume
  • Translate your military experience work experience

 

Career Coach

This assessment looks at the individual's motivations, clarifies interests, culture fit, and provides a direction for individuals to explore careers.  Built on psychologist John Holland’s theory, it’s backed by more than 80 years of research into how people of similar interests are employed, and what motivates individuals in the workplace.

This assessment is great if you:
  • Are trying to figure out your major or how your interest could be turned into a career
  • Are interested in changing career fields but do not know where to begin
  • Want to find a career that compliments your learning, working, and leadership style
  • Want to gain a deeper self-awareness about your strengths

All assessments are free for current students! To see if this is the right option for you, please make an appointment or email uaf-career@alaska.edu.

The MBTI helps you identify your unique preferences and gifts. You will gain insight into how you direct and receive energy, take in information, decide and come to conclusions, and approach the outside world. Your natural preferences in these four areas sort you into one of 16 distinct MBTI personality types. Additionally, the insight you gain into yourself will allow you to better understand and value individual differences.  Understanding these types gives you objective insight that you can use to enhance your professional and personal relationships, as well as your direction, focus, and choices.

All assessments are free for current students! To see if this is the right option for you, please make an appointment or email uaf-career@alaska.edu.