Explore Your Options
Connecting a major to a career can be challenging. Remember, your major does not always determine your career—your education gives you a strong background that you can apply in a variety of career fields. The best way to match your major to a career is by exploring what’s out there: talk to your professors, take a career-focused interest survey, or reach out to professionals in the industry you’re interested in. You can also make an appointment to see a career counselor to talk about your options.
The following links can help you further explore the possibilities for careers in your major—or even careers that you’re interested in but aren’t sure how to connect to your education:
- Indiana Career Connect: Visit Indiana’s one-stop shop for job seekers to find career-exploration resources, job postings, and job-search assistance.
- CareerOneStop: Browse job listings, review résumé information, explore career resources, and identify your skills.
- O*NET OnLine: Find an extensive skills list and link your majors to occupations through the O*NET database.
- Careers After College: Discover the links from various majors to occupations, get tips on getting into college or law school, and find helpful occupational information.
- LinkedIn Salary Information: Discover your earning potential. See a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location.
Finding Your Major
Are you having difficulty in choosing a major? You’re not alone—many people aren’t sure what they should study or how to connect a major to their career goals. The following activities may help you find your path.
Visit Career Services
Come visit our office—in Kettler Hall, Room 109—where you can see a career counselor, take various career assessments to see which careers or majors fit you best, assess your interests and research opportunities using the online tool FOCUS, and use the Career Services library to research occupations and educational options.
Attend the Annual Majors Fair
The Majors Fair provides the perfect venue for you to explore Purdue Fort Wayne’s degree programs, talk with department representatives, and find out which careers you can pursue with a particular major.
Take a Class
EDUC X210 is a 2-credit-hour, 16-week course taught in the spring and fall that focuses on in-depth self-assessment, occupational exploration, career decision-making, and job-search strategies.
You can also take a class in an area of study that interests you and talk with the professor or department head about other options. The Undergraduate Catalog allows you to search courses by keywords to find classes that you might be interested in.
Join a student organization, volunteer at a local nonprofit, or intern or shadow in a field that interests you. All these options can expose you to day-to-day life in that field, giving you a chance to ask questions and determine which major will best help you accomplish your goals.