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Knowing Jobs and Careers

As you get to know yourself, it is essential you also spend time learning as much as you can about the world of work and the opportunities for jobs that might fit who you are. You can start by doing some online research. But, then you'll need to get out there and explore job possibilities. Here are ways that you can do that:

Online Research:

How do majors relate to jobs? 

Some majors are crucial to specific jobs, such as Nursing or Accounting. However, many majors do not lead to specific careers, but are considered foundational degrees that prepare you with skills employers are looking for in a wide range of jobs, such as (Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2016):

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving
  • Civic knowledge and engagement
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Even if you don’t know exactly what career you're interested in right now, you can still choose a major based on what is most interesting to you. As you continue your college career, you can keep exploring options and adjust your program as you go.  

Take Action!

  • Set up informational interviews with someone who is working in a position that you are interested in and ask them all about their job.
  • Arrange to job shadow so that you can spend time observing someone with a career that interests you.
  • Participate in internships or volunteer for job experiences where you can see firsthand what is required of a job.
  • Look for part-time or summer jobs that will help you determine what you enjoy.
  • Interview faculty, staff, and other students for their ideas and insights.
  • Attend the CSUSM Major and Minor Fair, Job Fair, and employer information sessions sponsored by the CSUSM Career Center.
  • Meet with an academic advisor for majors that you are interested in to find out what the major is like.
Did you know...
...at CSUSM, you can change your major up to five times? Also, You cannot change your major after you have earned 130 units.  *Athletes have additional rules they must follow when changing majors.