Exploratory | Undeclared Students
Is your major undeclared? Or do you have a major in mind and need to explore how it translates into a career? You are not alone in feeling undecided about this important decision; more than half of all college students aren't sure either!
Our career advisors and career counselors are available to assist you. It is important to begin this decision-making process early. The Career Development Center recommends students start the process during the first year at FAU.
Career Assessment and Career Counseling
We offer career assessment and career counseling to assist you with career planning and the job search process. If you are interested in clarifying your career goals, exploring career options or evaluating occupational settings, schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor by calling 561-297-3533. Or meet with a career advisor during Same-Day Career Advising every Monday – Thursday from 1 – 4 p.m. Some of the assessments that we administer and interpret include the Strong Interest Inventory, Card Sorts and MyPlan. For more information about our career assessments, please click here.
Owl Nation Exploration (O.N.E) Program: The O.N.E. path to exploring majors & Careers
The O.N.E. program is a collaborative partnership between University Advising Services and the Career Development Center. The goal of the program is to assist FAU students with their academic and career choices. Through Owl Nation Exploration (O.N.E) students will:
For more information about the O.N.E. program, please click here.
What Can I Do With This Major ?
Do you have a major in mind and need to explore how it translates into a career? Please click here to learn about FAU majors and their related major skills, sample work settings, career titles and additional resources for each major.
Complete Major KnOWLedge
Major KnOWLedge is an online resource developed by career counselors at the Career Development Center that helps FAU students identify personal interests and their relationships to FAU majors, as well as occupations.
As an FAU student, you will have access to this wonderful resource 24/7. By completing the Major KnOWLedge program you will be one step closer to deciding on a major and/or career!
To access Major KnOWLedge please click here and additional resources for each major.
Informational interviews are a great way to speak with professionals in career fields you are exploring. The purpose of an informational interview is to gain first-hand knowledge about a specific occupation. When you talk with individuals at their work places, you can ask a variety of questions. These can help you get a "feel" for the work environment, the tasks associated with the occupation, as well as its rewards and limitations. Login to your OWL CareerLink account to access the FAU Professional Mentor Program. Please view our Informational Interview Guidefor more information on how to prepare and what questions to ask.
Explore Through Co-op/Internships
The Cooperative Education/Internship Program is a unique educational program in which students integrate classroom study with periods of paid, supervised work experience related to their academic majors. At Florida Atlantic University, a Co-op/Internship assignment is a structured experiential learning opportunity in which students apply concepts studied in the classroom to "real world" work situations. Co-op/Internship is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (Term I), full-time, or part-time. A Co-op/Internship assignment can be multiple times with one employer or different employers. See Co-op/Internship Program Education Partnership Model.
The Carnival of Majors Fair is an annual event that provides students an opportunity to explore the many academic areas of study offered at FAU, along with the chance to meet faculty and advisors representing these program areas. This is a great opportunity for students whether they are undecided, contemplating, or they simply want more information about their major. For the time and date of this event, please view the Calendar of Events.
Common Myths About the Career Development Process
Myth #1: "An interest inventory will tell me what I should do"
Fact: Interest inventories are pretty good at measuring interests. However, the career decision-maker also needs to consider abilities, values, experiences, and any number of practical considerations (expenses, opportunities, training requirements, family issues, geographical location, etc.). An interest inventory may assist you in a thorough career decision-making process - but alone it is rarely sufficient.
Myth #2: "Indecision is abnormal"
Fact: Indecision is normal. Different people take different amounts of time to make career decisions. Indecision is only a problem when you choose to do nothing about it. If you are engaging in a number of “career exploratory activities” you are on the right track!
Myth #3: “I need to decide on a career today”
Fact: This is the myth perpetuated by those who think that a career decision-making is an event rather than a process. Making a decision prematurely, or based on inaccurate or insufficient information, is invariably a mistake. Even if it means changing your academic plans, give yourself the time necessary to make an intelligent and unrushed career plan.
Myth #4: “Successful people always know exactly what they are going to do in the future”
Fact: There is no relationship between the time in life one makes a career decision, and one’s ultimate success and happiness in that career. Some know early, others know later in life. Many “successful” people switch careers numerous times before settling on the one that’s right for them. If there is one quality successful people seem to have, it is perseverance.
Myth #5: “A college degree assures me a great career”
Fact: All a college degree assures you of is a college degree. However, a college degree combined with good career planning, experience, and preparation greatly increases your chance of obtaining a rewarding career.
Myth #6: “Once I choose a career I’m stuck with it for life”
Fact: The average adult doesn’t settle on a career until sometime in their 30’s. Your interest, values, abilities, and aspirations may be different at ages 20, 30, 40, and beyond. If so, you’ll change and modify your career accordingly. Changing careers is only a problem if you think it is a problem.
Myth #7: “My career must please my parents, friends, neighbors, etc.”
Fact: The approval of others is nice, but it is not essential to your career well-being. If others care about you, they’ll probably be delighted if your career brings you happiness and fulfillment. It’s unfortunate if others aren’t pleased with what you’re doing, but ultimately it's your decision.
Myth #8: “All my needs can be met in the workplace”
Fact: You have other needs that can be fulfilled through vocational activities - social, familial, recreational, spiritual, political, cultural, and so forth. You will never find a career that will meet all your needs, but you can spend a lifetime unsuccessfully looking for one.