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Majors and Careers

What should my major be? What career should I pursue? 

Not sure where to begin? No problem! These  basic skills will help you with selecting a major or determining a career direction.  The six action-oriented steps in the process are components of a decision-making process recommended by many career counselors.   With each step, you will build your decision-making skills, develop confidence, and increase your chances of being satisfied with your decision.

The following web sites offer online career assessments and inventories to help you evaluate your interests, work values, abilities and skills, and personality traits.

  • Candid Career
    Gain access to the career advice of industry professionals, and see it  all on Video!  CandidCareer.com features informational interviews to  help you discover and explore your many career options.  Search by  Industry, Career Title, College Major or Keywords.  Gain honest and  valuable insight from the men and women working in a particular field.
  • Career Finder 
    Take the Career Finder survey to identify your personality traits as they relate to majors.  Then explore careers related to those majors.  This resource is free and located in your Career Connections account in the Resources tab. 
  • Career Coach 
    PA Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Get started by typing in your name and zip code above; then simply search for an occupation by category or keyword.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    Fill in a questionnaire of about 70 questions, which is automatically scored on the Web. Your results will be in the form of Myers-Briggs Types, and suggestions of appropriate careers are made. Free.
  • Career Assessment Tools and Tests
    The Quintessential Careers web site offers links to a variety of online career assessments and tools. Some are free; and some are fee-based.
  • Jobs Made Real - http://www.jobsmadereal.com/
    Jobs Made Real is a website developed and owned by Chop's Teen Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa, California. Jobs Made Real is part of the Chop's Teen Club Workforce Program, designed to aid teens in discovering their career path. The website features thousands of videos of people describing and engaged in doing their jobs and provides statistical data on job forecast and career information. It is educational in nature, while also engaging with elements of entertainment.