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.
Take the first step toward making major and career decisions; click on the Guide below. This Guide will provide you with confidence in decision-making and bring you closer to choosing a major that fits your interests, strengths and personality.
The Career Development Cycle model was created to help students better understand the process of career development and explore career paths. Over time, you will find yourself building up both your resume and your confidence in a particular career direction.
Have you heard about a “career test” that will tell you exactly what majoror 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.
LEARN MORE: The SBU Career Assessment Guide
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Take one more of these career assessments and review with one of our career coaches.
The CareerExplorer career test is a comprehensive interest, personality, and preference assessment that measures you against over 140 traits and uses that data to accurately find your top matches with an 800+ career encyclopedia.
What qualities do you value in your work and overall lifestyle? What motivates you and why? Some people want variety, autonomy, and flexibility, while others need security and prestige. There are no right or wrong answers here, so think of your ideal scenario.
Job satisfaction and success is closely linked to being interested in what you do. With an eye on future fulfillment, consider accomplishments, tasks or projects at which you excelled and which created a sense of pride and satisfaction.
Personality traits play a major role in job satisfaction and success, and being the right “fit” involves numerous factors. Personality inventories and assessments offer insight into how your personality compares to others and how you prefer to work.
Review your accomplishments to uncover skills critical to your success. Then think about how they connect to a potential career. This will help you understand what to market in your search.
Work/Life Balance Assessments
" PERMA" stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These are: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This survey adds to Seligman’s model an H, for Health.
VIA Character Strengths Survey Understanding who we are is essential to finding the right career fit and living a more purposeful life. A lot of attention has been given to better understanding our character and strengths as they relate to living a more meaningful, successful, and happy life.
Emotional intelligence refers to an ability to recognize the meanings of emotion and their relationships, and to reason and problem-solve on the basis of them.
Career Competencies Employers Want
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
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.
We offer a variety of ways for you to learn from alumni and friends about careers: Formal mentoring programs, Alumni Association LinkedIn Group page, alumni career articles in Stony Brook Matters, and alumni virtual panels.
If you are interested having a one-time conversation to learn more about your career path, this is the program for you. A micro-mentor is a professional who volunteers his or her time to network, provide advice, and provide career insight for students and recent alumni.
This program is about making connections and sharing information – not about asking for jobs/internships. Attend one of our workshops to learn more about this program.
Check Handshake for upcoming Networking for Career Success workshops.
Additional Ways to Learn From SBU Alum:
Alumni Career Virtual Panels
Visit Handshake for upcoming virtual events.