4 - Choosing a Major_Guide for Students

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What’s Inside Step 1: Engage the Process Knowing: What’s involved in career choice .............. 2 Doing: How to make a better decision ....................... 3 Where am I now, where do I want to be? .................. 4 What does my major decision look like? ................... 5 What is my vision for the future? ............................... 6 Action plan to engage the process .............................. 7 Step 2: Understand Myself & My Options Understand my values, interests, and skills ............. 8 Self-exploration questions ........................................... 8 Values, interests, and skills checklist ....................... 10 The Holland party game ............................................ 11 FSU majors by Holland code ..................................... 12 The sixteen career clusters ......................................... 14 Action plan to understand myself & my options ...19 Step 3: Explore My Options Expand my list of options .......................................... 20 Narrow my list of options .......................................... 21 Action plan to explore my list of options ................ 22 Step 4: Evaluate My Options A decision-making exercise ....................................... 23 Rank my alternatives .................................................. 25 Action plan to evaluate my options ......................... 25 Step 5: Act on My Choice I have made a choice ................................................... 26 Action plan to act on my choice ................................ 26 I have not made a choice ............................................ 27 Step 6: Re fl ect on My Decision ................. 27 Choosing a Major or Occupation Welcome! Selecting an academic major is one of the most signi fi cant decisions you will make as a student at Florida State University (FSU). As you start this journey, you may feel eager or overwhelmed by the many possibilities that await you. However you feel, advisors from the Career Center and Advising First recognize the importance of this decision and are here to offer assistance. This guide was developed for students who are ready to actively engage in the major selection and career decision-making process. It is a great resource for both Exploratory majors and other students who have declared a major, but may be experiencing doubt with their initial decision. Since choosing a major involves careful consideration and a serious time commitment, this guide is both informative and action-oriented. When you devote the attention and energy your decision deserves, you will be pleased by the results. Let’s get started.
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Choosing a Major or Occupation 2 STEP 1: Engage the Process Decision making includes both knowing ( ) and doing ( ). Reviewing the pyramid 1 below contributes to knowing and helps you answer “ What’s Involved in a Career Choice? ” On the next page, How to Make a Better Decision contributes to doing and helps you better understand the skills involved in making a career choice. In this guide, you will be introduced to knowing ( ) and led through doing ( ) in order to make a more informed decision. “Knowing”: What’s Involved in a Career Choice Before making a career choice, evaluate what you know about yourself, your options, how you make decisions, and how you think about your decision making. Knowing About Myself Values y Interests y Skills y Knowing How I Make Decisions : Doing” (see on next page) Thinking about My Decision-Making Be aware of your approach to decision making and listen to your self-talk for words like y always , never , and should. Using these absolute terms can make it hard to move forward. Examples of negative self- talk include: “I’ll never be able to choose a major that I like.” “I did poorly in college algebra, so I can’t major in psychology because I would have to take statistics.”
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