|Selecting a Major & Making Career Decisions|
Selecting a Major?
Making Career Decisions?
Researching Majors & Careers?
|Many students find the process of selecting a major at UC Berkeley to be challenging. For example, some students with many interests may feel anxious narrowing their choices for the purpose of declaring a major, while others may feel their family wants them to choose a specific major that is not well-suited to their interests and abilities.
Additionally, career decisions -- be it the first job you choose after college or making a commitment to graduate school -- are some of the most important choices you will make. To make a good decision, it is often helpful to know how your unique personal qualities relate to opportunities in the working world.
CPS offers a variety of services that can be helpful if you are trying to choose a major and/or make decisions about your career.
Individual Counseling: Students often find it helpful to meet individually with a career counselor to help them sort through their options. For a variety of reasons, you may want to meet with a counselor one-on-one to talk about your situation. Are you unsure what career test to take? Have you already taken a career assessment and feel confused about how to use your results? Maybe you are having trouble sorting out conflicting interests or pressures. Or perhaps you need support in the decision-making process.
Career Testing: CPS offers a full component of skills, interests and personality assessment instruments (e.g. Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) that can help clarify academic and career direction. To receive help with analyzing assessment results, students meet individually with a counselor. Career testing is free of charge.
Career Counseling Library: The Career Counseling Library is a unique collection of books, files, directories and electronic resources staffed by a professional staff who will help you explore majors, careers and graduate programs.