Exploring Careers and Majors

Exploring Majors and Careers

Research

Whether you are interested in a lot of things, or aren't quite sure where to focus your energy, taking a close look at your skills, interests and values can help you begin connecting to the world of work and the impact you want to make. Here are some tools to get you started:

  • PathwayU: This new career tool provides scientific insight on your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences, which allow you to identify career paths that fit your unique set of characteristics.
  • Career Guides by Major: See what other GVSU students are doing with their major by exploring our Career Guides.
  • What Can I Do With My Major: Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers.
  • O'Net: Explore industries, career clusters or individual jobs. You'll find info on required skills, abilities, education, as well as job outlook and salary expectations.
  • Candid Career: Check out video interviews with professionals to learn more about different fields and industries.
Connecting

Talking to people about what they do and how they got there is a great way to learn about different industries, jobs, and professions. By attending events and connecting with others, you'll continue to learn about the world of work and the impact you want to make within it. Here are some ways to get started:

  • Attend career events: The Career Center hosts many events that can help you get connected with alumni, peers, and other professionals in a casual, informational gathering setting. 
  • Informational Interviews: These allow you to be the interviewer and gather information from someone doing something that sounds appealing to you.
  • Join a student organization: There are many student organizations on campus that can connect you with peers who have similar interests as you.
Test it out

Sometimes you don't know if you like something until you give it a try! Here are some ways to test out if a career area is for you:

  • Volunteer: Volunteering can give you exposure to the type of environment you may want to work, and connections to professionals in that field.
  • Student Employment: Whether an on-campus job, or other part-time position, working in any capacity will help you identify workplace values and help you continue to build your skills.
  • Internships: These short-term experiences can immerse you into a particular industry or job role.

We encourage you to explore our career communities and  then join as many as you'd like. By joining a career community you will receive direct communication regarding job & internship postings, events, and specific resources directly related to the industry area you are interested in.


LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU

 

Take 4 quick career assessments to find out how your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences align to different career paths and degrees that fit your unique self

 

See what alumni are doing


LinkedIn is an online professional networking site that allows you to see the career paths of others. You can search the profiles of GVSU alumni based on where they work, what they studied, and what they are doing now. This is a great way to learn about the types of work, skills, and experiences that have helped others find or create opportunities. Don't have a LinkedIn profile? Read these tips to learn more!


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Meet Your Exploring Career Advisor

Dayna Phillips

Dayna Phillips

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311
Email: [email protected]

Dayna works with students exploring majors and career options, and those interested in career testing.




Page last modified July 11, 2022