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Relate Majors to Careers

 

The relationship between major and career is indirect and complicated. Deciding on a major, whether you are choosing one or contemplating a change, can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to connect the major to some future career. 

Sometimes, the relationship between the two can look linear:  major    career.  For example, Stony Brook’s major in journalism would prepare you to be a journalist; the major in chemical engineering would prepare you to be a chemical engineer.

But, the relationship between major and career usually looks like this:

MAJOR

MINOR & ELECTIVES

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES                                                                                                                     JOB REQUIREMENTS

VOLUNTEERISM                                                               →    

PART TIME JOBS/INTERNSHIPS                                                                          GRAD SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

FULL TIME JOBS

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE


The relationship between major and career is indirect and more complicated than you’d probably expect.  Every major leads to a wide variety of career options. For example:

The purpose of a liberal arts education is less to give you hard job skills than to teach you how to do things like write well and think critically – transferable skills that are essential in any job.

D id you know that studio art majors can become doctors or lawyers (if they complete the requirements for medical and law school respectively)?  

 

Your major is only ONE part of what your future employer or graduate school will consider. The key is to combine your academic study with experience that adds to your skills and refines your interests. 

But your major will most likely have a direct effect on your feelings of academic engagement, your passion for learning, and your overall satisfaction with college – so you should still choose carefully!  Here are some steps you can take:

  • Attend a workshop at the Career Center.
  • Enroll in CAR 110.
  • Take a self-assessment inventory .
  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
  • Browse through our many resources to explore occupations and employers . 

 

What can I do with a major in...

 

Explore Occupations

 

The Career Development Cycle model was created to help students better understand the process of career development. You should touch upon each part of this cycle throughout your college experience. Over time, you will find yourself building up both your resume and your confidence in a particular career direction.

cycle

 

Career Competencies

Career competencies are the skills required to successfully perform a job. Until now, “career readiness” has been hard to define, which made it difficult for leaders in higher education, workforce development, and public policy to work together effectively to ensure the career readiness of today’s graduates. 

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force of select professionals,  identified eight competencies associated with career readiness.

Read More

 

Research Occupations

Gathering information about careers and professions can be a difficult task. We have provided you with a number of resources we trust for information about the professions you may be interested in pursuing.

 

Network with Alumni

We offer a variety of ways for you to learn from alumni and friends about careers. Opportunities include: Virtual and inperson networking and mentoring, Alumni Sharing Knowledge Blog, and Tour Your Future Series.  

Join SBU CampusTap

SBU CampusTap is our networking and mentoring platform for the CAN program that allows you to make meaningful connections and exchange career knowledge with alumni and faculty/staff mentors, in career communities. Stony Brook University is committed to providing our students, alumni, and faculty/staff with the necessary resources and opportunities to enjoy a lifetime of career success and satisfaction. That’s why we’ve launched SBU CampusTap.  

Virtual Networking Hours

Every 1st week of the month from 4:00pm - 5:00pm; 1:1 virtual networking hours by Career Communities. All chats/video connections will take place through  Google Hangouts. Student-alumni connections will be no longer than 20 min. Ideally, there will be 3 connections made. Apply on   Handshake under Career Events.

MONDAYS:   Healthcare |  Education & Helping Professions 
TUESDAYS:   Business |  Arts/Communications 
WEDNESDAYS:  IT & Engineering
THURSDAYS:  Scientific Research & Academia  |  Government & Public Service 

Exploring Career Community student members can select any Community without concern about committing to one community. 
 

Additional Ways to Learn From SBU Alum:

 

Assess Yourself

 

Have you heard about a “career test” that will tell you exactly what major or career path you should take?

That idea is a little misleading, because no website or piece of paper can truly know who you are and what’s best for you.  However, there are self-assessment tools that can help you understand yourself better, which in turn can help you figure out what’s best for you.

As illustrated in the picture above, ideally, a thorough self-assessment will consist of   4 factors:

decision

 

Your   values: what’s important to you in a career?

Values Assessment

Your   interests: what do you like doing or thinking about?

O*NET Interest Profiler

Your   skills: what are you good at, or could you get better at?

Functional Skills Assessment

Your   personality: how do you prefer to interact with the world?

16 Personalities MBTI Test

 

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