Majors

FOCUS 2

FOCUS 2 Career is an online assessment tool designed for you to complete a number of self-assessments and independently explore related academic majors and occupations. There are five self-assessments you can complete that provide you with personal insight related to your: work and leisure interests, values, skills, and personality characteristics. Your assessment results are matched to occupations and supporting majors at the University of Virginia that you can research and determine if you're interested in exploring these options further.

Career Exploration Workshops

How do I choose a major? How do I know that a major is right for me? How do I figure out what my interests and skills are?  How should I begin exploring career possibilities?

These are some of the kinds of questions that Career Counselors will often receive from First and Second Year students during a Career Counseling appointment.  If you've ever caught yourself wondering these things, or are curious about these questions, then you might consider joining a Career Exploration Workshop.

How-To Guide for Finding a Major (Major Exploration Series)

UVA Career Center – March 22nd, 2017

“The majority of people who went to college do not end up in a career related to their major, meaning 10 years from now your major might be just a word on your diploma.” Genevieve Agar (CLAS '17, Economics)

As the spring semester draws closer to its end, many university students might be wondering about how they can choose their ideal major. By doing your share of the research ahead of time, you can avoid the possible headaches that might come in the future with making a hasty decision. See how you can make an informed major choice using these tips!

Genevieve Agar: How I Reconciled Creative Arts with Economics (Major Exploration Series)

UVA Career Center – March 22nd, 2017

“The majority of people who went to college do not end up in a career related to their major, meaning 10 years from now your major might be just a word on your diploma.” Genevieve Agar (CLAS '17, Economics)

A common misconception some students may have when deciding their major(s) is thinking they need to choose between something that aligns with their "passion" and something that will be considered "practical." Read about how one of our Career Peer Educators, Genevieve Agar (CLAS ‘17, Economics), proved this myth wrong during her nontraditional undergraduate experience.

Finding an Alternative Major (Major Exploration Series)

UVA Career Center – March 15th, 2017

At UVA, there are many majors that do not require a selective process in order to declare them, and there are some majors or tracks that do. Whether or not you receive acceptance into your first choice major programs, it is a wise course of action to plan for alternative majors that can help you get onto the career path that you want. Check out the three steps to finding the best alternative majors for you!

Tiffani Kennedy: How I Chose My Interdisciplinary Major (Major Exploration Series)

UVA Career Center – March 14th, 2017

When students are choosing a major, they might usually be drawn to specific disciplines such as Psychology, Engineering, Biology, or etc. However, many might not realize that they may have the option to pursue a more unconventional route. One of our Career Peer Educators, Tiffani Kennedy (CLAS ‘17, Interdisciplinary Major - Cultural Studies and Communication) was initially in such a situation. Keep reading to see how she came to create her own Interdisciplinary Major Program through a tale of redirection and success.

Tips for Talking to Your Student about Career over Spring Break

Hannah Guffey – February 28th, 2017

For many students, spring break can feel like a long awaited respite from a hectic semester. For parents, spring break can seem like an opportune time for students to take advantage of a lull in their studies and focus on the future. The following are just a few ideas for how to engage your student in more career related activities over break.

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