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Steps to Choosing a Major

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Step 1: Don't Stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are not alone in the search for a major. Many students struggle with this decision. Steps 2-6 are going to help you make a good decision.

Step 2: Get to Know Yourself a Little Better

Put together your likes and dislikes. Explore your interests. The following personality tests and career inventories will give you more ideas about your decision.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

The Princeton Review Career Quiz

The Career Key: Choosing a Career -- Career Guidance

Career Explorer: Career Explorer's Career Assessment Test

MAPP- Brought to you by Assessment.com

Personality test based on Jung - Myers-Briggs typology

Step 3: Research and Explore Your Options

This is where real work begins.

*Utilize people on campus such as advisors in various departments and the Academic Advisement Center.

*Utilize the Internet! Here are some helpful sites:

UNCW Career Services: What Can I Do With A Major In...?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Step 4: Network with Some Contacts

Before you make your final decision, visit with some professionals in the fields in which you are interested. Job shadowing is an excellent tool!

Step 5: Make a Major Decision

After getting to know yourself better, conducting research, and networking with contacts, you will feel more prepared to declare a major.

Step 6: Don't Stress, Again!

Once you have chosen a major, ideally you will want to stick with it because the more you change your major, the longer it will take to finish your degree. However, if you find a career path that you feel you need to follow, start over with your research and networking to see if this new direction is really where you want to go.
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