I Have a Major, Now What?

Selecting a major is a great start to your career plan, but it doesn't end there. There are many ways a major can be applied to the world of work. Taking advantage of the steps below can help you discover where you'd like to land after GVSU!

Get involved!

1-2 quality experiences each semester can help you explore yourself and career opportunities.  Not sure where to start? Consider these options:

  • Check out Campus Life Night to find an organization you would like to join.  Social clubs and pre-professional clubs are a great way to connect and build your skill sets.
  • Seek on-campus employment.  You can make some extra cash and build your resume.
  • Stop by the Community Service Learning Center to find volunteer and leadership opportunities connected to your interests.
  • Be intentional with how you use your summers. This is a great time to test out options through work, volunteer, or research opportunities.

Talk to others about your career thoughts

This can be friends and family, GVSU faculty/staff and professionals in your field.  They’ll be interested to hear your plans and may be able to connect you to further opportunities.

  • Informational interviews are conversations with people in fields of interest for you.  You can have a formal or informal discussion over the phone or Skype, via email, or in person. Check out sample questions to ask.
  • Job shadowing is observing a professional on-site during their work day.  The Career Center can coach you on how to set up a job shadow.


  • Meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss your class schedule and academic requirements.
  • Attend Career Center events to explore the world of work with professionals in various fields.
  • Create a LinkedIn account to connect with alumni in your area of interest. Check out where GVSU alums have landed.
  • Log in to Handshake with your GVSU username and password.  No need to create an account, as a student you already have one! You can use Handshake in a variety of ways including:
    • ​​​Search for internships and jobs to get a sense of what's out there, find career events to attend, conduct employer research, and connect with students at GVSU and nationwide
  • You may be pursuing a major that has secondary admissions requirement.  Schedule a meeting with your career advisor to identify a parallel plan. A parallel plan is a back-up plan just in case you are not admitted to your program, or your career plans shift.
  • Are you considering a career path that requires an advanced degree? Make sure you know all that entails by checking out GVSU's path to graduate and professional school.

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