Major & Career Exploration

Academic planning and career planning go hand-in hand, but remember, choosing a major does not necessarily dictate a specific career. Here are some resources to help you explore careers.

The process of career and major planning usually starts with exploration—learning about various career fields and assessing your values, interests, and skills.

Career Exploration Tools

Research Occupations Online

Research occupational and industry information online by using these websites:
• America's Career InfoNet 
• Inside Career Info 
Candid Career Videos
• Occupational Outlook Handbook  
• ONET 

Take Online Self-Assessments Using Focus2

This career planning tool provides students with inventories designed to help students assess interests, skills, values, and personality type and how they match possible careers. Learn More
• Assess personal interests and match them to careers.
• Examine professions based on Rollins majors.
• View job descriptions, salary, and other training information, and learn what to expect in certain organizational settings and work environments.
• Develop an Action Plan to start mapping out resume, list of references, and internship interests.

Learn More About Alumni

• Research careers by watching interviews with alumni on Candid Career
• Search which companies and industries alumni are working in based on their Rollins major. View Rollins Career By Major Report
• Find out where alumni are working on LinkedIn
• Conduct an informational interview to gather more information about the day-to-day aspects in a particular field. Learn more about informational interviews

Borrow a Book From the Career Library

Current Resources Available For Checkout
No appointment is needed to use the self-help Career Resource Library, which is open during regular office hours.
Many of the career exploration books are available for weekly checkout from the office.

Books are shelved according to topic and include:
• Career field information
• Career planning directories
• Resume and cover letter resources
• Job search guides
• Graduate school and financial aid books
• Geographical business directories

Major Choice

Why Is It So Difficult to Choose a Major?

• Some may believe their choice of major dictates their eventual career, when in fact (with a few exceptions), a major does not restrict career opportunities. A major may lead to decisions about the future, but it doesn’t predict the future.
• Some feel that choosing one major will restrict them from studying other subjects of interest - it won’t.
• Some do not have enough information about the various academic choices available to them.
• Some are influenced by others (usually parents or peers) to choose a major they really do not like.
• To dispel myths behind choosing a major, view Fact or Fiction

Find a Major that Matches Your Values & Skills 

1. Begin by asking yourself:
• Am I drawn to fine arts, business, life sciences, mathematical sciences, humanities, or combinations of these areas?
• Do I enjoy subjects focused on data or people, numbers or words?
• How do I learn best: Lecture? Small group discussion? Case studies? Hands-on applications?
• Are there courses I have taken that I truly enjoy? Are there similarities in these courses?
• In which academic areas do I excel?

2. Take an online self-assessment, like FOCUS2
• Assess personal interests and match them to careers.
• Examine professions based on Rollins majors.
• View job descriptions, salary, and other training information, and learn what to expect in certain organizational settings and work environments.
• Develop an Action Plan to start mapping out resume, list of references, and internship interests.

3. Research possible career paths & professional affiliations associated with any major on
What Can I Do With A Major in...? 

Become Informed About Major Options

• Read the Rollins catalogue and talk to an academic advisor.
• View College of Liberal Arts Majors  
• View Hamilton Holt Majors 
• Visit academic departments and observe classes in departments of interest.
• Volunteer or work part-time in an academic department.
• Talk to students & faculty in the major you are considering. Request an informational interview
• Research what alumni are doing based on their Rollins major by using
  ° The Rollins 2014 Alumni Career By Major Report 
  ° The LinkedIn Alumni Finder Tool - On Your LinkedIn Profile, Go To Connections and Find Alumni

Other Questions To Consider

• How many credit hours are required to complete this major?
• What prerequisites are required to enter or complete this major?
• Is it possible to minor in this area, as well as major?
• Who are the professors in this academic department?

• What specifically interests me about this major?
• Why would I expect to do well in this course of study?
• What are four skills I would need to be successful in the study of this major?
• Does this major require any laboratory time, internships, or study abroad? If so, what are these requirements?
• Is there a minimum grade required for each course in this major? If so, what?

• Based on the Rollins catalogue, how many of the courses offered in this major genuinely appeal to me?
• What are other majors that might be similar to this one?
• What is the connection between this major and my career plans?
• What are examples of careers of Rollins graduates with this major?

Center for Career and Life Planning
Rollins College
170 W. Fairbanks Bldg. – 1st Floor
1000 Holt Avenue – 2757
Winter Park, Florida  32789
T. 407.646.2195
careercenter@rollins.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
Monday - Thursday: 2 - 4 p.m.