Select a Major or Career
Gaining information about yourself and your options is the initial task of informed decision making. The resources below will assist you in this endeavor.
Learn More about Yourself
Standardized inventories provide a snapshot of the occupations and majors that are congruent with your interests, skills and values. This narrows the numbers of prospects for you to research and makes the process more manageable, instead of overwhelming. Although assessments are not designed to select your career for you, the results will also help you identify options you may not have previously considered. FOCUS 2 is available to help you better understand your interests, personality, values and skills. Contact the Student Success Center to learn more about other free assessments available only to Augustana students.
If you are looking for initial activities to complete independently, consider the following self-directed assessments. These resources are especially effective when they are coupled with conversations with Success Center staff and your academic advisor. In addition to Success Center events, Campus Ministries also hosts a variety of events and provides individual support that will help faciltiate your vocational discernment.
- O*Net Work Importance Profiler
- O*Net Interest Profiler Short Form
- South Dakota Career Interest Survey
- Career One Stop Skills Profiler
- The Career Key
Learn More about Majors
- Course Catalog. Examine Augustana’s academic programs, degree requirements and courses within each major.
- Browse the websites of our academic departments. View faculty bios, alumni profiles and upcoming events.
- Augustana Plan of Study. Create a plan of study.
- Identify popular occupations for your major. View "What Can I Do With a Major In . . ." in FOCUS 2 to learn more about the careers often associated with your academic program.
- Speak with Augustana faculty or current students in the program. Not sure who to speak with? Success Center staff can facilitate these introductions.
Learn More about Careers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook. Research the activities, training requirements and labor market forecasts for your field.
- O*Net. Read about the activities, attributes, and average pay of occupations.
- Conduct a mock job search using a commercial website, such as Indeed.com, to better understand preferred qualifications and opportunities in your preferred geographical area.
- A Day In the Life (Princeton Review) and CareerVideos (Career One Stop): Hear from people in the occupations you are considering.
Confirm Your Decision
Test reality by gaining experience. Learn more about hands-on learning and internships.