These are some suggestions for finding the best major and career path for you.
There are various assessment and interest inventories available that may help you in the process of identifying and eliminating specific careers interest areas. No assessment can tell you what to do, but they are a good starting point and can complement the time you spend with an advisor or career counselor.
- Download the Check-off list (MS Word doc).
- We recommend beginning with the Career Key.
- Still unsure of your direction? Try one or more of the other Asssessments available. The ones that cost money may be a good investment because they are more indepth.
- Major & Career Professionals at NC State
- After narrowing your choices, there are courses to help even further.
- ECD 221--Career Planning and Personal Development: This course is offered for credit through the Counselor Education department. Knowledge, attitudes, self-understanding, and skills needed to enhance career planning and foster personal development. Study of self-understanding, self-talk, goal setting, the environment, and decision making as ways to adapt more effectively to the challenges of life.
- ALS 110 --Career Exploration Seminar for Ag and Life Science Majors: Students learn about the career decision-making process through integration of self-knowledge and research in the world of work. Emphasis is placed on Agriculture and Life Sciences careers. Course is targeted towards undeclared majors, or those who desire experiences in career exploration and planning. Students assess interests, values, skills and personal strengths while learning about a variety of occupational resources. Effective career management and job seeking skills emphasized. Career mentors are utilized for each student. This course is offered for credit through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
- USC 201 Introduction to the World of Labor: This course will provide the student with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary glimpse of the workplace. Students will spend three days per week in the classroom and two days per week working at a site in the field. While in the classroom, students will examine four aspects of work; history of labor, power of work, cultures and conflicts
in the workplace and expectations of the workplace. Two days will be
spend working four-hour shifts at a pre-designated location. There, students will have the opportunity to both experience first-hand what it means to have a job, as well as apply the knowledge learned in the classroom.
- USC 401 Transitions for the College Graduate: This course will focus on unique transitions the student will face upon leaving college. Through a variety of formats, students will have the opportunity to explore several aspects of their post-baccalaureate lives and ways in coping with emerging careers, money management, extracurricular retirement, transitional issues, civic engagement, and continuing education opportunities. Exploration of these areas include specific emphasis on developing and refining interviewing skills, professional and personal networks, financial endeavors, and job application and selection.
- I know who I am, I think... but I have so many choices, what are my options?