By Jenna Figaro, Career and Industry Specialist, ASU's Career and Professional Development Services
What Can I Do With This Major?
Are you feeling a little stuck and unsure of what opportunities exist related to your major? Finding a career that aligns with your interests can seem overwhelming, but Career and Professional Development Services is here to help!
Your career is generally made up of three things: your knowledge, your skills, and your values. All three are important to consider when contemplating career paths. If you are still exploring what options exist for you, let’s talk about the popular resource, “What Can I Do With This Major?” and how you can get the most out of it.
“What Can I Do With This Major?” can be found by visiting our “Career Resources” page, under “Career Interests and Planning.” Once you navigate to the page, click “View All Majors.” Note that these majors are not ASU-specific, but you can generally find a major similar to what you are studying. Once you identify a major of interest, this is where you can begin to explore!
Each major page is separated by three categories: Industry Area, Employers, and Strategies.
- Industry Area: These are the various industries that you can work in within a broader category. For example, “education” could be an industry of interest, but there are so many aspects and avenues to explore within education.
- Employers: These are the employers who frequently hire candidates for positions within the industry of interest. If you’re unsure of where you can work with an interest in human resources, for example, checking out the “employers” section can be a good place to start.
- Strategies: These are the tangible action steps that you can begin taking (if you haven’t already!) to prepare to move into a career in that industry.
Now that we have discussed how the website works, let’s talk about how to best use this resource.
- Do Your Research
Read through majors of interest. Feel free to explore majors that you aren’t currently pursuing as they may introduce you to a new area of interest!
- Take Note
I encourage you to write down industries and employers who spark an interest. This is not intended to commit you to anything, but if you want to learn more or are curious – write it down. These don’t have to be obviously related either. Use this process solely for brainstorming and catching your initial reactions.
- Look for Themes
After you’ve taken note of what might interest you, begin to look for common themes. Do most of these opportunities involve working with people? Are some of them more administrative in nature? Spend some time looking through your list and identifying themes that emerge within your list. If you see a commonality show up 3+ times, write it down.
After you’ve taken note, use these themes to inform your next steps. Has this provided you any more clarity in direction? Great, then we can discuss more targeted occupation/career exploration. If you’re still feeling a little confused, meet with a Career and Industry Specialist to talk through your research and interests in more depth.
Figuring out what major or career path to pursue can seem daunting, so give yourself the space and freedom to explore. You have a variety of resources and services available to you and “What Can I Do With This Major?” is just one of them! Take advantage of all there is to offer.