Major and Career Discovery
This is not something you do as you approach graduation. It’s something you work on during your entire college career!
This is where you are able to explore your interests, skills that you possess and the values that define you.
- Visit the Career Office, meet with a member of our team, and get familiar with the services we offer
- Get to know faculty, staff, and alumni – establish a mentor
- Explore major choices – talk with other students, faculty, and friends to discuss career choices
- Utilize assessment tools to identify and explore your interests, abilities and work values – this can help you choose a major
- Explore career ideas through informational interviews and job shadow opportunities
- Get involved in campus and community activities and clubs, join at least one student organization
- Practice speaking up in class, become a leader in discussions
- Develop a strong GPA and begin developing your resume
- Build experience – do volunteer work or apply for summer jobs – complete a job shadow with a local business or organization
Are you in the correct major? What careers and pathways are out there that interest you? Now’s the time to delve a bit deeper into your future plans.
- Meet with a member of the Career Team at least once a semester
- Explore career ideas through informational interviews
- Build upon your career network of mentors, peers, faculty, and professionals – contact Career Development to explore alumni mentors
- Take on leadership roles in campus and community activities and clubs
- Become involved in student chapters of professional associations
- Seek out Study Abroad opportunities
- Begin to build your portfolio which highlights your experiences and knowledge
- Attend career services events, workshops, and panels
- Check out “What Can I Do With This Major” (a service from the University of Tennessee) with insights into various pathways as part of your major.
- Consider taking one or more of the PSU Career Discovery Courses
- Networking – the best way to manage your career search and opportunities
- Take a closer look at the possible opportunities a major can afford you with Onet.
Employers hire people who can describe their experiences, have relevant experience through activities such as Internships, Study Away, and involvement with Clubs and Organizations.
- Meet with a Career Counselor to plan your job search campaign
- Develop a rapport with an Alumni Mentor
- Narrow down career options through informational interviewing & networking
- Study Abroad
- Practice & perfect your interview skills – sign up for a mock interview with the Career Services Office
- Update your resume and maintain a strong GPA
- Start acquiring a professional wardrobe
- Research graduate schools if that’s where your plans are leaning
Meet with a Career Counselor to talk about getting involved with programs such as Informational Interviewing, job shadowing, acquiring volunteer experience, and joining clubs and organizations on campus.
Consider adding a Study Abroad experience to your program which many employers value.
Leadership skills can be developed by joining a variety of clubs and organizations on campus.
Do you have your job search tools ready? Get help in the job search process, work on your interview skills, fine tune resume, find industries and employers to apply to, and consider graduate school.
- Meet with a Career Counselor to discuss your job search plan
- Research companies and gather information on realistic salary expectations
- Begin interviewing 6-9 months before graduation
- Attend Job Fairs
- Network with Alumni and professionals in your chosen field
- Apply to graduate school
- Learn to recite your strengths with a 30-second “elevator pitch”
- Maintain and update your portfolio
- Collect recommendations and references from your faculty and work supervisors
- Expand your professional wardrobe
Networking – the best way to manage your career search and opportunities.
Job Opportunities Listing is your online access to jobs, internships and careers.
Job Searching – time to begin looking for your next opportunity.
Graduate School – is it in your future?
These videos are free to view online and can help you develop the basic career skills you need to be successful. If you have any difficulties with any of these links, or have additional questions regarding this material, please contact us at email@example.com.
- CareerOneStop Videos – Videos to help you learn about hundreds of different careers
- Academic and Career Planning
- Tips for Informational Interviews
Resume and Cover Letters
- How to Write a Resume (for college students)
- 5 Resume Mistakes You Need to Avoid
- Cover Letter Tutorial
- Write your first cover letter
- Phone Interview Tips – How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
- Tell Me About Yourself – A Good Answer to This Interview Question
- How to be confident in interviews
- Interview Thank You Note – Best Practices
Networking and Job Search
- Professional Behaviour at Work
- Tips to use at Networking Events
- Speaking with Recruiters at a Career Fair
- 6 Essential Job Hunting Tips!