Career Exploration

Exploring Options

Utilize the exploration web hub to explore options by browsing careers, majors, and interest areas. All of the resources interconnect so you can consider majors based on career interests, explore careers based on majors, and view careers and majors associated with interest areas. 


Choosing a Major

many pathsKU offers over 190 undergraduate majors, giving you plenty of options to choose from. You might begin your decision-making process by assessing your academic strengths and career interests. The Careers & KU Majors resource can help you further explore career options within various majors available at KU. in order to make an informed decision, it is important to gather information about yourself and the various majors your are considering.

Quick tip
 
Looking for help deciding on a major? Try taking a career assessment, enrolling in EPSY 210, or taking the HawkQuest quiz. While taking an assessment or class alone can't give you all the answers, these tools can help point you in the right direction.

Ask yourself:

  • What are your best subjects?
  • What topics are you most excited about?
  • What career paths are you considering?

For each major you are considering, find out:

  • Are there admission requirements?
  • What classes will you need to take?
  • How do these majors relate to your career goals?

Helpful Tools and Resources

Myths about careers and majors

Myth #1: Being undecided about my major is bad. There is nothing wrong with being undecided about your major; most students are undecided or question their major at some point in their academic career. Just be diligent about exploring your options and working towards a decision by the end 

of your sophomore year (KU requires students to declare a major after completing 60 credits).

Myth #2: If I choose a major now, I won't be able to change my mind later. It's actually rather common for students to change their majors during college: the average student will change their major three to four times. Before changing your major, remember to connect with your advisor to determine how your decision might impact your four-year plan.

Myth #3: There's one "right" major for me. With over 190 undergraduate majors to choose from at KU, you'll likely find at least a handful of majors that will fit your strengths and interests. Work with your academic advisor and career coach to identify programs that will meet your academic and professional goals.

Myth #4: Choosing a major is directly related to choosing a career. While some college majors train students for specific careers (e.g. nursing, accounting, or teaching), most careers do not require a specific college major. In fact, a majority of college graduates have successful careers in fields not directly related to their academic majors!

Myth #5: My [career coach, academic advisor, parents, career assessment] can tell me what to do. You and you alone are the best person to decide your academic and career path. While getting feedback from your parents, KU professionals, and career assessments can help you choose a major, ultimately the power is in your hands. You are the expert on you - no one knows you better!

Exploration Tools
  • Vault - Use the "Career Paths" section to learn more about industries in which you may be interested.
  • Learn How to Become - Browse information on how to pursue a myriad of careers, as well as how to conduct an effective job search in a variety of fields and industries.
  • CareerOneStop - Search for occupational profiles and job market trends, like fastest growing or highest paying occupations and industries.
  • My Next Move - Explore career options by keyword, industry, interests, and education level.
  • My Skills My Future - Search for occupations that share similar skill sets.
  • Princeton Review's Careers & Majors Tools - Learn about academic majors and career paths; creation of a free account is required to view full profiles.

Career Course to Help You Explore

EPSY 210 (formerly PRE 210): Career & Life Planning

You will be introduced to career development in this hands-on class designed for first and second year students. Structured to help students analyze their unique academic and career situation through readings, class discussions and assignments, you will leave with an action plan that will guide your career and academic decision making for the duration of your KU experience: sample syllabus (.docx).

Semesters taught: fall and spring -- Lawrence Campus (3 credits)


Check Appointment Availability

We'd love to assist you with your career development process!

The University Career Center is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

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Explore Career & Major Options

HawkQuest the career and major exploration quiz for jayhawks

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