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Posted on October 29, 2014 with No Comments
Undecided? Great! Some colleges use the word “exploratory” to identify students who have not yet decided on a major. It’s a great reminder that choosing a major can be a positive process that helps you make the most of your college experience!
Where to begin?
- Start with some self-exploration. What interests you? What do you like to read… do….watch? What kinds of things intrigued you as a kid?
- What are your options? You may be more decided than you think! Rule out those of no interest, and watch that list of possibilities shrink to something more manageable.
- Get more info on majors you are curious about. Check out course listings, read course descriptions. Get brave! Follow up by meeting with a faculty member in the department and ask them to refer you to a student who is enjoying the major.
- Test the waters by taking a course or two in the major. What piques your interest?
Take the pressure off yourself!
Need help getting started? You don’t have to do this alone!
- Stop by the Career+Experience Hub for a quick consult to help you get started.
- Still puzzled? Schedule an appointment at the Career Center for a longer conversation and a more in-depth look at your interests, values and skills.
With 100+ majors at UVM, there are many wonderful options. You can have a major that intrigues you, leads to interesting experiences and helps you prepare for a successful life after graduation. We’re here to help you as your make this choice!
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Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized, majors
Posted on October 8, 2014 with No Comments
Hannah Richman ‘08
State Park Peace Officer (Ranger), California State Parks
Major: Anthropology & Political Science
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
As a Park Ranger, I am charged with protecting the parks from the people and the people from the parks. It’s a balancing act between allowing people to explore and enjoy California State Parks while protecting the area for future generations to experience.
Tell us about your career path to this position.
I was an Anthropology major at UVM and had no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated. During my senior year of college, I went to a race at Angel Island State Park in California. When I got off the ferry, there was a Park Ranger on the island who struck up a conversation with me based on my hat (a State Parks hat I found at a thrift store). We started talking about his position and what an amazing job it was. He suggested that I go to the website and apply for a position in the spring. From there, it took me approximately 2 ½ years to get my job with the California State Parks and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What is your favorite part of your work?
Every park has different needs. At my current park I spend the majority of my time patrolling in various off-road vehicles, making sure the people are behaving safely, and rendering first aid where needed. A part of why I like my job so much is that I am not confined to doing just one thing. I always wanted to be a lawyer, teacher, doctor, or someone who doesn’t have to sit in an office all day. As a Park Ranger I am an EMT who gets to practice my skills on a regular basis, I have an extensive understanding of the law and the criminal justice system, and every day I get to speak with the public and teach them about the area they are visiting. As a bonus, I learn more about California’s natural and cultural resources every day.
What three words would describe your work environment?
Dynamic, Challenging, Entertaining
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Anyone who is interested in working for California State Parks should go to www.parks.ca.gov and look under the jobs or volunteer headings. There are many opportunities to work for State Parks either as a volunteer or as a paid employee. Some of the jobs are part-time and seasonal positions and others are full-time employment. The Park Ranger position has many steps. Once the position is announced, the first step would be filling out a standard application found on the State Parks website.
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Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on April 19, 2012 with No Comments
Upon entering college, the pressure to choose a field of undergraduate study may seem overwhelming. Many mistakenly believe that this major will dictate the pathway of your life, when really it will become the foundation for any career. If you are feeling that your major is not a reflection of your interests, perhaps it is time for a change. According to MSNBC, approximately 50% of college students change their major at least once. If you do decide to change majors, take some time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
Are you considering a major change? If so, here are some steps you can take to help you reach your decision:
1.) Make a list of your interests. Do they match any of the classes that you have taken?
2.) Visit UVM’s list of majors and minors
3.) Run a Cat’s Audit Report, then a “What If” Audit. Those can be helpful if you are looking to see what academic requirements you will need to graduate.
4.) Set up a meeting with your advisor, and also with a department faculty or staff in programs of interest to discuss your thoughts about changing majors. This is especially important if you are looking to transfer to a different college/school.
5.) Come to Career Services Drop-In hours to speak with a counselor (Monday- Thursday, 1-4 in L/L E-140; Tuesdays 11-1 in Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center)
6.) Become involved in clubs, volunteer, and/or work experiences that will allow you to gauge whether this is a field you would enjoy. Seasonal or part time experience is a good start.
7.) Make sure that all of the proper paperwork is filed with the UVM Registrar’s office
~Shayna, Career Peer Advisor
Posted on March 1, 2012 with No Comments
Some students may feel that their major and GPA brand them for life. Such fears can be only exacerbated by the recent recession and an uncertain job market. But these two labels are not an undergraduate’s most defining characteristics and putting too much emphasis on them may cause unneeded stress.
Zac Bissonnette, guest writer for the New York Times, gives several great reasons why students shouldn’t let money be the deciding factor in choosing their course of study. Firstly, students are more likely to succeed in their major field if it is something they are passionate about. Secondly, and perhaps most interestingly, research has shown that an individual’s earnings do not significantly differ across majors.
Although it depends on the industry, for many employers, GPA is not nearly as important as something like relevant internships, according to Laura Morsch of CareerBuilder.com. She cites a 2005 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ “which found that 70 percent of hiring managers do not report screening applicants based on their GPA.”
Heather Huhman, a writer for the Examiner, explains that a GPA is a fallback for employers looking to pare down the plethora of applications they receive for a job. The solution? Find other ways to set yourself apart from the crowd, such as communicating experiences that exemplify leadership, creativity or entrepreneurship.
Posted on November 15, 2011 with No Comments
With course registration upon us, many students are turning their attention to the topic of majors. Some have declared a major but may be reconsidering it, and others have explored different topical areas by taking a diverse array of classes but still aren’t sure which major is right for them. So at a University that offers over 100 majors (and even more in minors), how do you find your academic fit?
The University of Vermont Career Services website has some good tools for the exploration, but these are only one part of your toolkit. There’s a whole community of resources available to you as you make this decision, and it’s important that you gather as much information as you need to make your choice comfortably before settling. Here are some ideas:
- Start with self-exploration
- Peruse the list of majors offered at UVM
- Learn more about the ones you’re interested in in the University Catalogue
- Set-up meetings with faculty and student services staff to talk more about particular major(s) of interest
- Continue taking classes in subject areas that excite you
- Talk to a career counselor during Drop-In Hours:
-Mondays – Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm (L/L E-140)
-Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center)
It’s important to enjoy the process of choosing a major. It can be stressful at times, but remember that college is a great time for exploration. As Joseph Campbell once said, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty ‘yes’ to your adventure.”