Undecided About a Major? - That's OK
Our most important decisions require time and attention
Set aside some time, and take the following steps to become certain about your "best
- Contact Career Development and arrange to take career assessment inventories. Understanding who you are as a
person (your interest, skills, values and personality) is necessary information to
have when deciding on major.
- Contact the Advising & Counseling Center to find out about CCRI majors and course requirements.
- As you take classes, be aware of the subjects, activities, and readings that you enjoy
and those you dislike.
- Write a brief fantasy statement about what your most perfect career would look like.
This exercise will give you insight into what motivates and interests you and give
some indication of possibilities for majors.
- Talk to people who are already working or studying in the areas you enjoy and find
interesting. This will help you acquire first-hand information about majors and professions.
- Inquire about CCRI’s Jobs and Internships program. The former will provide opportunities that will enhance your education and career
- Review CCRI’s Graduate Career Placement and Transfer Report to get information on graduate employment, salaries earned, and to learn which RI/New
England employers hire CCRI graduates.
- Consider the pros and cons of your various options. If you’ve followed the suggested
steps and still need help deciding on a major, don’t hesitate to seek assistance from
the Career Development office to discuss and evaluate the choices you are considering.
- Remember, good decisions are made after many options have been explored and considered.
As a final ingredient to your decision-making process, "listen to your inner voice".
When all the research and discussing is done, it is this gut feeling that can add
an element of certainty to your decision.