What if I am Undecided on a Major/Program
Congratulations! The decision to continue your education is an important milestone- but what are you going to study? What career will work for you and your unique qualities? Don’t panic, these are common concerns and help is available. It is better to declare yourself as “undecided” than to jump into a course of study or career without exploring your true interests and motivation. College is a great opportunity to explore and channel your talent, enthusiasm and abilities into a meaningful occupation. An academic advisor or counselor can help you with the decision-making process.
Visit with a counselor: Counselors are available by appointment to listen to your questions, assist you in identifying your skills, and to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This questionnaire consists of a series of multiple choice questions that will reveal your preferences and personality traits. Your counselor will interpret your answers and compare your personality type to various career possibilities.
Visit our Online-Options: Be ready to invest a little time and research in yourself. Check out these websites on campus or at home.
- www.careercruising.com Career Cruising offers a brief interest inventory to generate occupational options based on your interests.
- www.personalitypage.com The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) provides occupational options and the decision-making issues related to choosing a career. The full length MBTI questionnaire is available by appointment with a Student Services Counselor.
- career.asu.edu This values assessment from Arizona State University will identify your primary work and personal values.
- www.d.umn.edu This skills inventory from the University of Minnesota, Duluth can help you identify transferrable skills.
Visit with our Faculty: Wondering what you can do with a History major? Ask your History instructor! Instructors at Carl Sandburg College are a great resource. They can answer your questions regarding a course of study and suggest transfer schools and graduate schools. If you are investigating a career program, instructors can recommend local professionals and organizations to help your with your research.
Consider a Classroom Option: PSY. 151 Occupational Search and Development
Many undecided students benefit from taking this sixteen week class during their first year at Sandburg. This three credit course counts toward a transfer degree as an elective and is required for many of our programs and certificates. During this class, the instructor guides the students through a variety of psychological instruments and self-awareness exercises that consider each student’s values, interests, and personality characteristics. As the class progresses, students become familiar with occupational research tools and develop decision-making skills; students also work on interviewing skills and develop resumes.