Having trouble choosing a major? You’re not alone. Many students struggle with deciding on a major, and there are many reasons why. Some of those reasons may include:
- A belief that the major you choose will dictate your future career options.
- Pressure from family and friends to choose a major they “think” would be good for you.
- Concern that you’ll have to attend graduate school if you chose a particular major.
It may just be that you don’t have enough information about the majors offered and the career choices related to them. So, what are you to do?
Never fear, the Career Center is here to help you! We believe that in order to figure out what you want to do in life, you need to know who you are first. That’s why the Career Center takes a comprehensive approach in helping you choose a major.
We think that it’s important for you to be aware of your personality, interests, values, and skills in order to find the major that best fits you. See the assessments page to take career tests that help you gain personal awareness. In addition to learning about your major, it’s also necessary to be knowledgeable about how your choice of major relates to your potential career options. Take a look below and see what we mean!
Choosing a major takes time and involves research. Check out the Career Center’s suggestions for developing a four year plan.
When do I have to choose a major?
- The sooner, the better
- If you came to UGA having already earned college credits, start searching NOW
- When you have earned 60 or more credit hours
What are the choices?
How do I start the process of choosing my major?
One way to learn about yourself is to complete career tests, which are also called assessments.
The Career Center has a number of assessments that can aid you in choosing your major, planning your course of study, and determining your career path. They can help you:
- Assess your interests, personality, values, and skills
- Demonstrate links between majors and careers
- Explore and analyze occupational paths
- Create a career plan
While these inventories indicate how your answers relate to possible majors and career choices, they are not the final answer. Assessments won’t tell you what you should “be” or what you should “do.” They are simply tools to help you clarify your thinking and identify options.
Once you complete an assessment, we recommend you make an appointment with your Career Consultant to make the best use of the information, and for more information on interpreting your test results.
To obtain the passwords to take these tests, please call the Career Center at (706) 542-3375.
- TypeFocus: Take multiple career assessments, including personality, interests, values and skills, using this resource. (Password required)
- O*NET Interest Profiler: The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.
- Strong Interest Inventory: This test is available online for a nominal fee of $30. To pay by cash or credit card (Visa, MC, or American Express), come to the Career Center reception desk or call (706) 542-3375. To obtain your Strong Interest Inventory results, you must schedule a one-on-one meeting with your Career Consultant.
Once you have completed assessments, use O*NET Online to learn about careers.