Learn about your interests, skills, values, and personality. Identify potential majors (if you haven’t already) and career options.
Look at the questions below followed by resources that will help you answer them.
What topics and/or issues would you like to explore beyond the classroom? Are there activities that you enjoy and make you lose track of time?
- Complete the FOCUS 2 a self-paced career guidance tool designed to help you select a major, clarify your career goals, and provide you with valuable occupational information.
What do you do naturally well? What skills do you already possess and/or would like to gain in the future?
- Make an appointment to take SkillScan, an interactive card-sort activity that can help you identify your unique skills.
What is the most gratifying thing that you have ever done and why? What experiences turned out to be the most dissatisfying for you?
- Complete a values exercise, and discuss results with a career counselor.
- Ask us about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Learn about your preferences and personality and how these factors influence your career choice.
Identify your Major and Career Options
Look into Majors
What classes fascinate and absorb you? How committed are you to your major? Are you interested in any others?
- Look at all the different majors offered at UMass Lowell.
- Talk to advisors at the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (C.L.A.S.S) or at your college.
- Speak with faculty and students in the majors that you are interested in.
- Go to What Can I Do With This Major to see how your major translates into a career.
- Watch short videos on Candidcareers.com to explore careers via industries, career titles, college majors or companies.
Identify Career Options
- Go to What Can I Do With This Major to identify potential careers connected to specific academic majors.
- Use your results from FOCUS 2 to identify a few careers that you may be interested in.
- Go to mynextmove.org to look up careers by industry or search by keyword.
- Talk to people (also called an informational interview) who work in a field that you like to find out more about the job, day-to-day tasks, required skills, abilities and personality traits. Be sure to send a “thank you” letter to the person afterwards, and consider connecting with them on LinkedIn.
- Identify 2-3 career options related to your interests and academic major.
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your unique situation, and to begin mapping out a career development plan that makes sense for you.
- Consider registering for the 1-credit Career Exploration Seminar if you are Undeclared or in a Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences major.
- Consider attending any one (or more) of the following events:
- Employer in Residence Program-Get career advice from a professional in your field with individual, 20-minute appointments (check website for dates)
- First Year Experience Presentations