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Majors and Careers

How do you figure it all out?

Most students come to Bates without a clear idea of what they want to major in; others start off with a plan but then change their minds after taking courses in new disciplines.  There may be 2 or 3 majors that are right for you and all can lead to the same career.  Almost every field includes individuals who majored in a range of academic subjects.  The process of settling on a major or selecting a career path can be confusing and stressful, so we’re here to help.

3 Steps to Choosing a Major

Self Assessment
Take the time to identify your skills, interests and values. Call and make an appointment to discuss your ideas with a career counselor, or consider taking a standardized instrument such as the Strong Interest Inventory (please discuss with a BCDC counselor before taking).

compass 2Compass is a transformational personality assessment that recommends career paths based on personality and preference data.  It provides individuals with the tools and resources to understand personality more completely, leading to better, more fulfilling life and work experiences. Check out this fun, fast and interactive way to learn about yourself. Discover the possibilities!

Exploration
There are lots of useful tools on our website for exploring majors and career.  Start with Spotlight on Careers, and O*NET.  Brainstorm a list of people you know who are connected to the fields you are exploring.  Ask to do an informational interview with them to gather more information.  Join LinkedIn and become a member Bates College Alumni & Friends Group to access more alumni profiles and make connections.  Schedule an appointment to talk to a career counselor about other resources for exploring careers and connecting with alumni.

Action
Review the range of Bates majors and minors and narrow your list to a few possibilities.  Look at JobCat for internship and volunteering ideas.  Talk to faculty about getting involved in a research project.  Take a course with a Field Experience component.  Develop a resume.  Meet with a career counselor to transform your thoughts into action.

Call us at 207-786-6232 and we’ll help you get started!


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