Take time to compare and contrast the different majors you are interested in. Often, a major can be enhanced or sharpened through a thoughtfully selected minor or elective courses. Remember that your major does not determine your entire career. You will have numerous opportunities to add to your training as new opportunities present themselves
Narrowing and Comparing Careers and Majors
Gather Insights and Information to narrow choices
- Download this occupation comparison chart to help you organize and narrow down your Major choices.
- View a varierty of career-related videos about abilities, careers, industries, and work options provided by the Career InfoNet. iSeek also provides video clips on many career titles along with detailed written information.
- Refer to resources that exist through the University Career Center's Career Information page to explore details of the careers, jobs, and industries that interest you.
- Type in keywords to get brief information on a career (working conditions, basic tasks, skills needed, salary & job outlook).
- Need more "real life" info? Read or watch information interviews with professionals in different career paths.
- Additional career research resources
- Your local public library: there are typically entire sections devoted to careers. The staff at the reference desk can help direct you where to begin.
- NC State D.H. Hill Library's Career Exploration Resources
- Research NC State majors and courses that relate to your career interests.
- We recommend you compare your narrowed down majors to the degree requirements to ensure it is a program you are on track to gain admission.
Talk with On-campus Professionals
- Contact an on-campus Coordinator for Advising of the majors that interest you to learn more about the requirements for that program.
Contact Off-campus professionals by way of informational interviewing. Your career counselor can help you identify potential resources and develop strategies for making contact. The Informational Interviewing Guideline (pdf) document provides the steps for you to make personal contacts that you may be able to tap into later as you begin your internship or job search.
How do I start...applying to my major(s)?