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1 What can I do with a major in... ??? The Pennsylvania State University

2 Today’s Topics Selecting a Major Assessing Career Interests Connecting the Two Career Services Resources Academic College Resources Questions

3 Pop Quiz ? % * ? ! Most students declare a major in their first year. Once a major is declared it is unwise to change it. If a student’s career goals are unsure then a major cannot be selected. Each major dictates certain career choices. Family and friends know which major is the best for a student. The choice of a major should be put off as long as possible to avoid a narrow education.

4 May I see the menu, please? What majors are offered by which colleges? What about minors -- how do they figure into the picture? Are concentrations in certain areas possible? Is a certificate necessary? Can an individualized program be designed?

5 Where’s the passion? The ideal major... is the one that you are most passionate about! Interests are key! Not all classes are created equal... some in particular will help to excel your career! Not all people are created equal... it’s important to examine our skills & abilities! Rocket science isn’t for everyone! Not all classes are created equal... some in particular will help to excel your career! Not all people are created equal... it’s important to examine our skills & abilities! Rocket science isn’t for everyone!

6 Assessing Interests HOW do you like to work with... ? WHAT TYPE of... do you like to work with? Where do you like to work with... ?

7 Making the Connection Very related to major –Health Admin major in hospital administration at Johns Hopkins Job related in atypical organization –Health Admin major in health care benefits at Grumman Organization is related with atypical job –Health Admin major in sales at Merck Both job and organization are atypical for major –Health Admin major in operating services at Mellon Bank Very related to major –Health Admin major in hospital administration at Johns Hopkins Job related in atypical organization –Health Admin major in health care benefits at Grumman Organization is related with atypical job –Health Admin major in sales at Merck Both job and organization are atypical for major –Health Admin major in operating services at Mellon Bank

8 Resources at Career Services Intake counselor always available Individual counseling Self-Assessments - SDS, Discover, & SIGI-plus Occupational Information - files, publications (Web- based information) EXTERNship program and Internship information

9 Resources within the Colleges Contact the colleges you are considering and talk to the academic advisors Assess the accomplishments of the alumni from the major you are considering Look for ways to combine interests through your choice of major(s), minor(s) and areas of concentration Contact the colleges you are considering and talk to the academic advisors Assess the accomplishments of the alumni from the major you are considering Look for ways to combine interests through your choice of major(s), minor(s) and areas of concentration Agriculture Arts & Architecture Business Communications Earth & Mineral Science Education Engineering Health & Human Development Liberal Arts Information Science & Technology Science

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