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Major & Career Decision Guide

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. 

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What Can I Do With This Major?

Welcome to   What Can I Do With This Major?   Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers.  Click on  the link provided  to learn more about:

  • typical career areas
  • employers that hire people with each major
  • strategies to make you a more marketable candidate
  • professional associations and other related resources

Not every major listed is offered at Stony Brook University, but many are represented within another similar major.Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.

Disclaimer: The major to career relationship is not a one-time choice, and is often not linear. Majors provide a solid foundation of knowledge in a discipline and skills that can be applied in a variety of career fields. Your career choices are also informed by your knowledge of careers, your self-understanding, your experiences and personality. So....we present this "What Can I Do With a Major In" series as one source, not necessarily THE source of all possible career ideas. 

The areas and websites listed represent typical career paths associated with each major and are not comprehensive.

 

 

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Explore Career Paths

 

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.

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Assess Yourself

 

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

SUGGESTED ACTION  

Take one more of these career assessments and review with one of our career coaches.

Values

 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.

O*Net Online - Values |    CareerOneStop - Values

Interests 

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.

O*NET Interest Profiler on My Next Move |    CareerOneStop - Interests 

Personality

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.

16 Personalities MBTI Test |    Keirsey Temperament

Skills

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. 

CareerOneStop - Skills Matcher |  O*Net Online -    Skills Assessment  

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.   

SUGGESTED ACTION:  

Take one more of these career assesments and review with one of our career coaches.

 

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

 

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.

Networking & Mentoring 

 

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.

Career Communities Mentoring program (six month) 

The Career Communities Mentoring program takes place from October through April and will require 4-5 meetings.   During this program, mentees will set direction for career goals, create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and participate in a job shadow experience. The Career Center provides mentees with the needed support to make the most out of this mentorship experience. 

Mentorship is an important part of career success. Mentors give mentees guidance and insight, while working on action-oriented career goals; this process helps build confidence and enables better career decisions.  Please note: we'll do our best to match you with an alumni mentor within career of interest.

APPLY HERE

Career Advisors Network (micro-mentoring program)

If you are interested having a one-time career conversation (micro-mentoring) with a SBU Mentor, this is the program for you.  A SBU 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.

APPLY HERE

Check Handshake for upcoming  Networking for Career Success  workshops.


Network with Alumni on LinkedIn

Stony Brook University alumni can be found around the globe in all different industries! Learn more through Alumni Stories and by connecting with alumni on  The Stony Brook Alumni  LinkedIn.  
 
Stony Brook University Alumni Association    Linkedin Group 
Use Linkedin to reach out  and network with alumni and friends.    The Career Center will   reach out to  SBU Mentors and initiate your career conversations.  Attend our Networking for Career Success  workshops to learn more. Check the Handshake"Events" calendar for upcoming workshops.  
 

Additional Ways to Learn From SBU Alum:


Alumni Career Virtual Panels

 Visit Handshake for upcoming virtual events.

 

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