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Career development is a life-long process. Everyone approaches the process of choosing a major and career differently, so try not to compare yourself to those around you. Instead, focus on where you are and what will be most helpful for you.
Making a decision can be one of the hardest parts about choosing a major or career, but your major will NOT dictate your career path! You can pursue a variety of career options with every major. The process of making a decision includes narrowing choices and then determining a course of action among several alternatives. This activity will help you evaluate what will be most helpful in your decision making process. Please answer as honestly as possible.Decision-Making Activity
Participate in RamTracks - Your Major. Your Career. Your Choice! These events will help you better explore majors and careers.
Attend the following programs offered by the Career Development Center (with the Pre-Major Academic Advising Center & Academic Development Program):
RamTracks Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 26, 4:30-6:00pm (Welcome Week Event!)
Sykes Student Union Ballrooms
Join us to build an ice cream sundae, while upper-class students share helpful tips about how they went from being pre-major to choosing a major and what they are doing now to continue building their career paths.
Will My Major Lead to Success?
Tuesday, November 18th from 2:30pm-3:00pm and 3:30pm-4:00pm (New Student Success Series!)
Complete activities to help you identify your interests, skills, values, and more.
Choosing a major or career that matches with your interests may help you to be more satisfied. An interest is defined as something someone is enthusiastic about or has developed a desire to learn more about. Interests can change frequently as you progress through different stages of your life. This activity will ask you some questions to identify what it is that you like to do. Please answer as honestly as possible.Interests Activity
Choosing a major or career that matches with your skills may help you to do better in your classes and be more successful. A skill is defined as an ability or talent that is acquired or developed through training, education, or experience. This activity will help you identify your current skills, the skills you feel need more development, and the skills you enjoy using. Please answer as honestly as possible.Skills Activity
What skills do employers want? In a 2012 survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) employers noted the following skills when asked "What are the top skills or qualities you look for in a new recruit?"
Choosing a major or career that matches with your values may help you to choose majors and careers that align with what is important to you. A value is defined as principles, standards, or qualities that influence your choices throughout life and provide guidance when evaluating options. This activity will help you rate which values are most important to you. Please answer as honestly as possible.Values Activity
Whether you are trying to choose a major, decide what you want to do with your major, or contemplating a career change, the Career Development Center provides a variety of additional career assessments. These assessments will NOT tell you what you should do or have to do, but they can be a very helpful resource throughout your decision-making process. The staff are trained to recommend which career assessment(s) may be most beneficial for you. If you are interested in discussing this, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 610-436-2501.
Review what you can do with your major and learn about different types of careers.
WCU offers many majors and minors so that you can choose what best matches with your interests and skills. Review the list(s) and read about majors and/or minors you are considering. We recommend that you look at what topics you would be learning about and what courses you would need to complete.Narrow Your Options
Believe it or not, your major will NOT dictate your career path! You can pursue a variety of career options with every major. Review this site to get an idea of just some of the careers that would be available to you related to your major(s), minor(s), and/or interests.
We also encourage you to stay updated with our Calendar of Events, as we host many career panels throughout the year where you can hear directly from WCU Alumni about what they are doing with their majors!
With so many job options, it can be difficult to decide when we don't know what each position involves. Review the resources below to learn about a variety of careers that are available to you. Information such as necessary skills, work environments, salary and job outlook can be very helpful in narrowing down your options.Narrow Your Options
Job shadowing and informational interviewing are great ways to get a first-hand perspective and more in-depth information about careers. Talk to your professors, family, and friends to see if you can identify anyone working in jobs that you are considering. The more people you can shadow and/or talk to, the better!WCU Shadows
Getting involved on- or off-campus is a great way to explore your interests and skills, while building valuable experience to add on your resume. You can do this through part-time jobs, internships, volunteering, participating in student organizations, intramurals, and more! Here we list just a few of the ways you can get involved at WCU.
Review the self-awareness section of our website for a variety of activities and information about career assessments offered at the Career Development Center.
Write a resume, prepare for interviews, and apply to internships, jobs, and grad school.
A resume is a document that summarizes your experiences, education, skills, and accomplishments. Resumes are used to apply for internships and jobs in order to ultimately get an interview. Learn more about resumes by reviewing our resources for resume writing.
Cover letters, along with resumes, are used to apply for internships and jobs. It is recommended that you write and submit a specific cover letter for each position. Learn more about cover letters and other internship/job search letters by reviewing our resources for professional communication.
It is never too early to complete an internship! Some academic departments may have specific timeframes for when you can complete an internship for academic credit. However, it is recommended that you complete multiple internships to develop a variety of skills and experiences. Learn more about internships by reviewing our resources for Jobs and Internships.
The Career Development Center works with a variety of organizations who are interested in hiring WCU students and alumni. You can start your search by logging in to Ram Career Network, our online career portal where employers are posting positions on a daily basis. You are also encouraged to attend our career events, which bring employers on-campus to talk with you about their organizations and opportunities. Learn more about how to find and apply to internships and jobs by reviewing our resources for Jobs and Internships.
Practice, practice, PRACTICE! Start by researching the organization so you can tell the employer why you will be a good fit. Review sample questions and prepare responses that will emphasize your skills and accomplishments related to the position. You can also schedule mock interviews with the Career Development Center to get feedback on your interviewing skills. Learn more about how to prepare for an interview by reviewing our resources for interviewing.
Continuing your education with graduate or professional schools may depend on your career goals. Some careers require advanced degrees, while many others will accept a Bachelor's degree. Evaluate your career goals and interests to see if graduate school makes sense for you. The Career Development Center can assist you with researching and applying to graduate or professional school should you decide you want to go. Learn more about graduate school by reviewing our resources for graduate school.
Consider your current situation and identify next steps in your career plans.
As you reflect on your major and career decisions, creating academic and career goals can help you continue to move forward in your career development process. We recommend creating a career action plan using SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely. Use the resources below to create and evaluate your academic and career goals.SMART Career Action Plan
As you continue to progress through your major and career plans, take time to evaluate how you feel about the decisions you have made. Reflection is the expression of a thought or opinion from allowing oneself to think quietly and calmly. It is important to recognize and revisit an experience or previous thought, idea, or opinion. This activity will ask you some questions to evaluate how you feel about your major and career choices. Please answer as honestly as possible.Reflection Activity
Having confidence in your decisions is an important part of the career development process. Employers seek candidates who have career confidence, which involves passion, purpose, and a realistic career plan. Review the following resource to evaluate your career confidence and planning.
Career development is a life-long process. It is very common for people to want to change majors and careers as they identify new interests and skills. If you are considering a transition, we recommend speaking with a staff member in the Career Development Center to help you evaluate your current situation.
The Career Development Center also provides a variety of career assessments. These assessments will NOT tell you what you should do or have to do, but they can be a very helpful resource throughout your process. The staff are trained to recommend which career assessment(s) may be most beneficial for you. If you are interested in discussing this, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 610-436-2501.