Exploring Careers

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Exploring Potential Career Options

Now that you have a list of majors that you are interested in exploring further, the resources below can help you to gather an understanding of potential career options:

    • What Can I do with my Major: Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate
    • Resources by Major: Gives information on specific job and internship websites, professional associations, and organizations at SJSU to help you get involved in your major.
    • WetFeet: WetFeet's mission is to equip job seekers like you with the advice, research, and inspiration you need to plan and achieve a successful career. 
    • O*Net: O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Making a Decision

If you find that after you have researched different major and career options that you are still having a difficult time deciding what to chose ask yourself: What is stopping you from making a decision?  Are you afraid that you will make a mistake? The good news is that there is no wrong choice when declaring a major or choosing a career. All majors prepare students for the world of work and it is estimated that the average American worker will have 5-7 careers in their lifetime.

To help you make a decision set a deadline and look at all the information you have gathered thus far and weigh your options. You can:

    • Make a pros and cons list.
    • Talk with family and friends about your decision.
    • Talk with faculty or staff that you have developed a rapport with
    • Conduct informational interviews with people you know who have declared the major that you are interested in or who are working in the field that you would like to enter into.
    • Come in to the Career Center and meet with a counselor