Major and Career Discernment
Engage in Self-Reflection
In order to choose a major or career path, you must know yourself. Knowing yourself entails identifying your Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills (VIPS). To achieve long term career satisfaction it is important to implement all four of your VIPS in your future career. To help you get started, complete the Seven Clues Questionnaire found below and the handouts found on the Self-Assessment page. These will help you with this process and will offer clues in understanding your VIPS.
Study What You Enjoy
Your major does not define your career path! You will be more motivated to attend class if you are interested in what you are studying.
- What Can I Do With This Major/Degree?
- Read course descriptions in Notre Dame’s Bulletin of Information and on departmental websites
- Speak with faculty in the various departments you are considering and upper class students
- Attend the “Majors Fair” in early spring
- Participate in Academic Clubs that interest you
Research careers related to what you have learned about yourself.
- Candid Career, Vault, Wetfeet - Learn and read about various careers in our Online Resources.
- O*NET - Read detailed descriptions of the world of work: www.onetonline.org/.
- First Destination Report - Review information regarding ND students’ plans after graduation.
- Conduct informational interviews with family, friends, alums, and industry experts to gain practical career knowledge and learn details you would not find on a company website. Utilize myNotreDame (the Alumni Directory) and LinkedIn. See Networking Section.
Set Goals: ACT
- Review Four Year Guide
- Think about how to utilize your time, set goals, and ACT! Some experiences to consider: student clubs & organizations, experiential programs, job shadow, research, service, fellowship opportunities, study abroad, and internships.