Did you know that over 60% of college students change their major at some point during college? Additionally, most students change their major 3 times in their college career! If you are undeclared or exploring options, you are not alone!
Within Career & Professional Development (CPD), our mission is to provide you a menu of services that facilitates your career and self-exploration to support you in making an academic decision that aligns with who you are and your goals. Students who participate in these self-discovery processes have an increased self-awareness around their interests, skills, and values, including their personality, and how to connect that information to choosing a major, or possible career paths. Participating in our CPD programs, workshops, and one-on-one career coaching will further support your major and career planning. Check out the resources and tools below to get started on learning more about yourself, DU’s programs of study, and how to connect with our office.
Drop-In Hours for Undeclared Students
Over the summer, drop-in hours for undeclared or exploring students happen every Wednesday from Noon – 1:00 PM (MDT). Join via Zoom. In the fall, weekly drop-in hours with your career advisors will be available. Schedules will be updated here each quarter.
Undeclared Career Advising
Schedule an individual career advising appointment with your career advisor by logging into your Pioneer Careers account and selecting a convenient time under the Appointments tab. Carolyn Sommers, Assistant Director for Career & Professional Development, is the liaison to all Undeclared students. Feel free to reach out to her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A great way to clarify your direction is to get involved and try things out! Gain experience through internships, campus research, volunteering, courses, and student organizations.
To learn more about your interests, values, talents, and personality, consider taking a career assessment. Career & Professional Development offers three options to students. We recommend meeting with a career advisor first to determine which assessment will be most useful. Learn more about career assessments.
- Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment
- Strong Interest Inventory
Researching Majors & Careers
Check out major(s) you’re considering and read through the courses and programs of study to determine if you’d enjoy sitting through those classes.
- Go to: Programs of Study (College Majors) at DU
- Write down your top majors/minors of interest and 1-2 sentences describing why.
- Consider meeting with faculty, current students, or alumni to learn more about their experience in those programs of study.
- Utilize O*Net or My Colorado Journey to research those careers/jobs that appeal to you to learn more about them.
Blog Posts & Ted Talks
Check out the below Ted Talks and related blog posts specifically for those exploring their options.
Ted Talk: Is there a Real You?
Ted Talk: Why some of us don’t have one true calling