Choosing a Major: Navigating a Career Path

Step 1: Self Exploration

Explore Assessment Tools:
Click on “Is There a Test?”, “Jung Typology Test” (takes 5-10 minutes), “Score It” and finally, “Career Choices.” Write down the top ten choices.
Discover the best jobs for you with the powerful system of Holland career codes. This free test will identify your strongest career interest among six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (a.k.a. RIASEC).

Expand Career Awareness:

Define Strengths and Weakness:
Identifying your strengths and weakness and picking a major based on your academic strengths and interests can prevent a lot of future frustrations. Based on your high school and GVSU classes along with your ACT sub-scores, rate the following academic areas: 5 for those you are the strongest and 1 for those you feel least confident.

_____Science-related courses

_____Analytical/Math courses

_____Arts: art, music, theatre, etc.


_____Social Sciences


_____Writing, foreign languages, etc.

Go to the Rutgers University Career Services website at and complete the skills assessment. Identify from the list below the 3 areas in which you score the highest.

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

Then use the Interests and GVSU College Major and Minors handout to relate your score to your skills and GVSU majors and minors.

Additional information about what you can do with GVSU College Majors/Minors located at the Career Services Website.

US 102: Career Education Course:
Designed for students seeking assistance in developing a career and educational plan suited to their needs, goals, and career choices. Emphasis and activities will be placed on personal and career assessment, career and occupational information, planning, and decision making.
Credits: 1

Campus Involvement:
Campus Clubs:
List of service opportunities:

Attend Majors Fair:
See Majors Fair commercial located on the Pre-major Advising Website.

Meet with Academic Advisor:
Call 331-3588 to make appointment with Pre-Major/Undecided Advisors.


Page last modified February 20, 2013