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 the type of questions First and Second Year students bring to the Exploration Workshop. If you've ever caught yourself wondering these things, or are curious about these questions, then you might consider joining an Exploration Workshop.

What are Exploration Workshops?

Fall 2018 Exploration Workshop Dates

Exploration Workshop FAQs

What are Exploration Workshops?

Exploration Workshops are small 10-12 person workshops that meet once a week for four weeks. These hour-long workshops will give First and Second Year students the time and space to explore their unique career attributes like their interests, values, and skills.  Most significant, UVA career counselors will lead this group and help clarify connections between those career attributes and academic and professional interests. Students say that working through this process with a group of peers is fun, reassuring and brings new perspectives on the UVA academic and extracurricular experience. You can bounce ideas off of one another, connect outside of the workshop, and provide help and support to other classmates who are in the same boat. In an exploration workshop, you will:

  • Explore majors, activities, and student organizations at UVA and clarify connections between your personal interests, academic interests, extracurricular interests, and potential careers.
  • Work with a group of peers to learn ways to make balanced career decisions while taking into account your unique interests, values, and skills.
  • Learn the various resources offered by the Career Center and create personalized action plan to continue your progress toward your established goals.

For many First and Second years choosing an academic major feels like the first big decision that could shape your professional life and the success you find in the future.  The Exploration Workshop is designed to be stress-free and an enjoyable time as we together provide you guidance, advice, and ideas about your career.

To register for the workshop, log in to Handshake to register for an upcoming workshop that will fit your course schedule.  All Exploration Workshops are hosted in the new 1515 Building in "The Study," the 2nd floor Career Center space.  A member of the Career Center team will get in touch with you to confirm the next step.

Fall 2018 Exploration Workshop Dates


Thursdays, September 13 – October 4

Time: 1-2pm, Location: “The Study”, 1515, 2nd floor


Wednesdays, October 10 – October 31

Time: 11am - 12pm, Location: “The Study”, 1515, 2nd floor


Tuesdays, October 16 – November 6

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Location: “The Study”, 1515

*Note that additional workshops may also be offered throughout the academic year; search Handshake for more information.


Exploration Workshops FAQs

Q: How do I know an Exploration Workshop is right for me?

A: If you are struggling to determine how to choose a major that feels right for you, or curious to learn how your current academic and extracurricular pursuits can help you identify potential career paths, career exploration workshops are perfect for you. You won't leave the workshop with a definite path or all the answers but you will have clarity around a few of your options and next steps to take to continue exploring and gaining experience.

Q: How do I sign up for an Exploration Workshop?

A: If you're interested in participating, sign up for an Exploration Workshop through Handshake and a member of the Career Center team will get in touch with you about the next steps. We have several sessions of the workshop in the Fall and in the Spring. Most of the workshops take place at the 1515 Career Center unless otherwise indicated.

Q: What if none of those times and dates work for me?

A: You might consider making an individual appointment with a Career Counselor. Or, if you would like to get a glimpse of what an individual appointment might look like, you can stop by 1515 M - F from Noon - 5 pm to chat with a Career Counselor about ANYTHING.  Additionally, you might see if the times in the spring are more in line with your schedule.

Q: What if space in the workshop fills up?

A: As space is limited, it is likely that not all students interested in a particular workshop offering will be able to participate at the designated time. Students are selected by considering a number of factors, including some of the following: sincere interest, expressed need for exploration support within a group context, nature of career and/or major concerns, and class year. If the workshops fills up, you are encouraged to look for additional offerings of this workshop throughout the fall and spring semesters. If none of the additional offering work for your schedule, consider making an individual appointment with a Career Counselor or dropping by 1515  M - F from Noon - 5 pm.

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