- I don't know what I want to major in.
- I am not happy with my major.
If you fit into one of the above categories, read on. You will
learn how to make the right choice when choosing or changing your
Steps to Take
Step 1: Meet with a Career
The first important step is to meet
with a career counselor to learn the process of chooing a
- You can also attend a Choosing a
Step 2: Learn More About
Choosing a major begins with taking a
look at who you are, your skills, interests, personality and
values. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I interested in?
- What am I good at?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- What subjects do I excel in?
- What subjects cause me
If you are having difficulty with these
questions or are unclear about your skills, interests and values,
make an appointment with a Career
They may suggest an interest inventory
such as Focus,
an on-line career planning tool, to help you learn more about
Step 3: Gather Information About Different
The more information you gather about
your academic options, the more likely you are to make a better
decision. Pick at least three majors about which you would like to
learn more, then:
Step 4: Make Your Decision
What's right for me?
You should begin by comparing your
academic interests to what you learned about yourself through the
It is important to recognize challenges
you may face when evaluating your options. The University Career
Services can assist you in working through these issues.
Remember, each and every major can lead
to many different career paths. Major in something you enjoy to
make the most of your college experience.
Step 5: Next Steps
How do I put my plan into
Utilize the resources St. John's offers
to make the most out of your college experience.
- Meet with your academic dean or the University Freshman Center
to choose or change your major
- Try to keep your grade point average
- Become involved with student
organizations on the Queens, Staten Island or Manhattan campuses
- Build contacts with faculty and
- Access our COACH (Count
on Alumni for Career Help) Program through CareerLink. When you
meet with your COACH, you will be asking them questions about their
career and asking for advice about yours. Learn more about this
- Participate in all University Career Services
- Seek paid or academic internships,
part-time jobs or volunteer experience in your major through
CareerLink or other job search