Top 10 Online Career Resources that Will Help You Find a Major You Will Love
Do something for your career this Valentines Day! Discover a major or career that you will love. You do not have to look far to find helpful resources.
- Self-Assessments – If you are unsure which careers coincide with your interests or values, consider completing an online inventory. Several assessments, such as the O*Net Interest Profiler and Knowdell Career Values Test are free for the general public. USF has some additional inventories that are reliable and free for students. Contact the Academic Success Center for more information.
- O*Net – Designed by the federal government, this resource outlines the skills, tasks, interests and values of occupations.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Enter a career you are considering in the search field to learn about its training requirements, outlook and earnings.
- Mock Job Search – Work backwards. Use CareerBuilder to find a job you like. Then identify its characteristics and requirements. Develop a plan now to satisfy these criteria.
- What Can I Do With a Major In – Learn about the common career paths for various academic programs.
- Professional Associations – National organizations publish career information to help you make an informed decision before you enter the field. For example, if you are interested in the human services, here is some information published by the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. To locate these resources, simply enter a career that you are considering into a search engine, such as Google, and then add the word association. Usually the national associations will appear immediately in the search results. You can then browse their website to locate career development information.
- Your University Catalog – Browse through the degree requirements and course descriptions. Do the course titles and descriptions grab you? Is there an introductory course that you could enroll in to gain exposure to the academic program? Is it possible to combine your interests through an interdisciplinary degree?
- Career Guide to Industries – If you are still fairly unsure about your major, but you have narrowed it down to a specific industry, such as healthcare, this resource is for you. Search by interests or browse their index to learn more about an industry’s working conditions, earnings, training requirements and career opportunities. SD My Life also identifies 16 career clusters that can help you narrow your options.
- Career One Stop – Sponsored by the federal government, this site provides information about careers and jobs. You also are able to locate the average salary of any career you are considering and filter it by specific geographical areas.
- Virtual Informational Interview: Although it is best to speak with or shadow someone in your field, you can hear directly from professionals in the field at the following websites.