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Major and Career Exploration

It is an individual responsibility to investigate majors and career fields in order to gather information to make an informed decision on which major is best for you and how to best apply that major to the world of work.  It isn’t an easy task, but one worth the investment.  Don’t fear making a decision.  Careers are not linear, but can zig zag.  Selecting a major does not define you as a person and does not “box” you in to a select field for the rest of your life.  You are the sum of your experiences and can continue to grow, evolve, and change direction.  Here are a few resources to get you started.

College of Engineering Information

Check out the College website for resources focused on major exploration.

Informational Interviews

A great way to learn from engineers about majors and their applications to careers – talk to engineers!  Here are some resources to help you set up and conduct an informational interview.

How to Prepare
Overall Tips
Questions to Ask

Work Experience

Co-ops, internships, research positions and career related part-time jobs are all excellent ways to explore what you want and do not want to do.


A career exploration tool that has detailed descriptions of more than 1,000 occupations. Developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, it’s free to the public, and contains resources for veterans.

Intro to Engineering Course Presentation

The 30-minute presentation provides additional ways to explore majors and career opportunities.

Meet with an Advisor

Matt Nelson

Schedule an appointment with Matt Nelson, Career Exploration Specialist @ ECS to discuss your major and career exploration plans.

Matt Nelson