Exploring Careers and Majors
What are my interests, passions, and values? What are my skills and abilities? How do these relate to my major and my future career? How do I pick a major or choose between multiple majors? What career paths are connected to the major I chose?
A great way to answer these questions is to take US 102, a one-credit career exploration course offered each semester. Additionally, there are many Career Center resources to help you develop short- and long-term goals related to your career plan.
- Focus 2 - Which careers match your career assessment results?
- O*Net - An online resource providing employment data, such as salaries and job forecasts.
- Career One Stop - Describes skills and job duties for multiple occupations and employment outlooks in regional and national context.
- Informational Interviews / Job Shadows- Connect with professionals working in an area of interest to learn first-hand information and to begin building a career network. The Career Contact Bank can help you identify potential contacts.
- Participate in W.O.W. Exploration Program - This World of Work Exploration Program provides students an opportunity to experience the life of a professional.
- Attend Careers In, Careers At and Career Fairs - Career Center Events offered each semester where you can meet employers and professionals in a variety of fields.
- Focus 2 - Which majors match your career assessment results?
- Attend the Majors Fair - Held each fall to hear directly from faculty about GVSU programs you might consider pursuing.
- List of GVSU Majors - Research course offerings, program descriptions and requirements.
- Student Academic Success Center - Make an appointment with an academic advisor to explore GVSU majors, discuss your academic plan, and build your schedule.
- Parallel Planning - Does your major have a secondary admit process? Schedule a 'parallel planning' appointment by calling (616) 331-3311.
- What Can I Do With My Major - Highlights career paths related to area of study, identifies potential fields of employments, and ways to develop skills outside the classroom.