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1 Myth #1: Most students know their major and career goals when they enter college.

2 Myth #2: It is better to declare a major than be "undecided.“

3 Myth #3: There is only one major that will allow me to reach my goal

4 Myth #4: An academic major ties you to a specific career path. If I pick the wrong major, I’ll end up in the wrong career.

5 Where do you want begin? Research What can I do with a Major in…?

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7 Myth #6: I'll just take all of my General Education Requirements first. Social ScienceHumanitiesEnglish MathCommunicationTechnology Arts

8 Test your ability to figure out what celebrities majored in what academic subjects.

9  CELEBRITIES:  1. Oprah Winfrey 2. Gene Simmons 3. Steven Spielberg 4. Bruce Lee 5. Jodie Foster 6. Mick Jagger 7. Tiger Woods 8. Steve Martin 9. David Letterman 10. Hugh Heffner 11. Paul Newmann 12. Arnold Schwarzenegger 13. Isaiah Thomas 14. John Elway 15. Thurgood Marshall 16. David Robinson 17. Montel Williams 18. Bill Clinton 19. Brooke Shields 20. Michael Jordan  MAJORS????? Economics History Philosophy Psychology Communication Arts Speech and Drama Education Criminal Justice Film Business Speech and Drama Mathematics Dentistry French Engineering English Literature Telecommunications International Studies Social Work

10  Gene Simmons's flamboyant on-stage antics with his band "Kiss", may come in some way from his earlier academic pursuits. He majored in education at Richmond College on Staten Island, New York. After graduating, Simmons briefly taught elementary school in New York's Spanish Harlem neighborhood.  -The correct answer: Education

11  Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy magazine, majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he presumably learned a thing or two about the average American male psyche. Even with two additional minor courses of study in writing and art, Hefner doubled his course load and graduated in just two and one-half years.  -The correct answer: Psychology

12  David Robinson, NBA basketball great for the San Antonio Spurs. Won numerous NBA titles. Robinson is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. A born-again Christian, Robinson is also an amateur musician who enjoys playing various instruments at home. His nicknames include "The Admiral", based on his service as an officer in the United States Navy.  -The correct answer is Mathematics

13 The more you understand yourself, the clearer your life goals and the way to reach them will become Steps to a Major Decision… Step 1: Self-Assessment  Interests  Personality traits & Strengths  Values  Skills Make a career counseling appointment or attend a Career Planning workshop to learn about yourself.

14  Realistic  Investigative  Artistic  Social  Enterprising  Conventional Complete other Career Assessments through RVCC Career Services

15 Steps to a Major Decision… Step 2: Gather information and explore options

16 To Learn More about College Majors…  Examine the majors available to you and review the college catalog. Make a list of your options and eliminate those that don’t interest you.  Read about the majors remaining on your list. Mark the courses in each major that most interest you, match your abilities, and share your values. (This should help you further shorten your list).  Don’t just read the course titles or stop at the course descriptions at the end of the catalog-get specifics and check out the Course Outlines on the Quicklinks drop-down menu!  View academic department web pages  Attend Department Information Sessions.  Check out Major-Career Converters Online!

17 Steps to a Major Decision… Step 3: Evaluate and make your major decision Weigh pros and cons of options Narrow down to 2-3 majors Discuss with an Advisor or Counselor

18 Steps to a Major Decision… Step 4: Take action  Sample courses in the majors you are considering- Use free electives wisely!  Choose student activities/clubs, internships, volunteer work, and/or part-time employment that can help you further develop your skills in areas that interest you.  Talk with faculty and other students in the majors you’re interested in.  Talk to family, friends, and relatives who work in the career fields you are considering. Ask them about their major and how it helped them. Go for it! Declare your major.

19  Choose a major you truly enjoy-your career will happen  Remember, many times your career is not directly related to your major  From the famous people list you can see how a college degree/major can lead into a wide variety of careers  It’s ok to be undecided, but come and see us in Career Services so we can help guide you through the process.


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