Explore Majors & Careers

Explore Majors & Careers

Explore Majors & Careers

The Griff Center for Academic Engagement has many tools to help you expand your horizons for potential majors and careers. We offer a number of resources to help you decide on your future career, change careers or to re-evaluate your career. Stop in to Old Main 013 or call 716-888-2170 to schedule an appointment.

Whether you are trying to decide on a major, or changing careers after many years in a certain field, there are three steps to successful career and life planning:

Step 1: Explore and Assess Yourself

Assessing yourself, your values, interests and skills is something which enhances our understanding of who we are. Self-assessment tools help us to build a profile of ourselves and connect that profile to those occupations where others who share the same profile generally find success. Popular self-assessment tools available through the Griff Center for Academic Engagement include the Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CareerZone and Career Liftoff.

Come to the Griff Center for Academic Engagement and meet with a career counselor to select and complete an assessment, discuss and interpret the results, and develop an action plan for further exploration.

Step 2: Research Careers and Majors

After you have assessed yourself, it’s time to research possible careers and majors that fit your unique interests, abilities, personality and values. The Griff Center for Academic Engagement offers a number of ways to learn about potential careers and majors. First, learn about careers and majors by reading about them—either through our extensive web resources or career library. Once you’ve learned a bit about a potential career or major through reading about it, take the next step and conduct an information interview to gather information from professionals working in the field in which you are interested.

Step 3: Explore Careers through Experience

Now that you have explored yourself and done some significant research on careers and majors, it’s time to test-drive your career choices through real life experiences.  There are many ways to learn about careers and gain experience through campus activities, internships and part-time and summer jobs, study abroad programs, volunteer work and service learning.