CHOOSING OR CHANGING YOUR MAJOR
Choosing or changing a major is a big step and can easily feel overwhelming. If you are struggling with this decision, you are not alone. More than 50% of all college students are undecided and 75% change their major at least once.
Start with Knowing Yourself: What Do You Really Want?
Self-assessment is a check-in with yourself to clarify who you are and what you want. You’ll look at your VIPS: Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills.
Career Development has a variety of assessment tools to help you learn more about your VIPS.
Most people, no matter what age or stage, need help if they are not sure of their direction. Make an appointment with a Career Development counselor to talk about what kind of self-assessment plan would work best for you.
EXPLORE jobs you’re interested in. Check out the resources below:
- NUcareers (formally known as HuskyCareerLink)
- Career Development Majors Guides
- Vocational Biographies (Username: NE Univ. Password: RAZDE)
- Riley Guide
- MASS CIS
CONNECT with people to learn more about careers:
- Do Informational Interviews to get the inside story from professionals in your field.
- Use HuskyNation to search for alumni who may be willing to meet with you.
- Use Social Networking sites such as Linkedin and Twitter to connect you to people. Follow Career Development on Twitter and join our Linkedin Group!
- Attend Career Conversations (Wednesdays at noon) and other Career Development events to meet alumni and professionals in a variety of fields.
- Attend Career Fairs to learn about employers and career paths
EXPERIENCE the world of work before you do a co-op:
- Job Shadowing - Spend a day at work with a professional in the field, find out what a typical day would look like
- Volunteer to try out career options and build your network while giving something back to the community. Check out the Northeastern University Center for Community Service
- Join student clubs and professional organizations to explore interests and build skills
- Do an Internship. Work for an organization to gain practical experience and build your resume