Linking Majors to Occupations is not always an obvious process
Some majors are very linear or pre-professional when it comes to career paths after graduation. Generally these majors are directly connected to specific job requirements.
Other majors are less obvious about how they connect to a career. They may lead to many career options.
It is fair to say that students are more engaged and perform better in classes where the subject matter is related to their interests. A student will typically find motivation by being in an environment where they can use their talents and understand the material. A goal for that student is to find a work environment where they can do the same.
To get some ideas of how majors relate to occupations, here are some online resources to get some basic information:
Where can my student start experiential learning? One of the ways a student can find some general direction is to get out and get involved.
To better understand day-to-day activities of any occupation, students should seek opportunities to gain experience in paid positions and unpaid job shadowing. Consider that most majors have a variety of experiential opportunities that range from internship, to practicums, to community-based research, and even student teaching or clinicals.
- Service Learning and Undergraduate Research
- Community and Volunteer Service
- Study Abroad