Explore Majors and Careers

Knowing what you want to be "when you grow up" or deciding which degree or course of study to pursue can be a daunting question at first. As most of us will spend the greater part of our adult life engaged in some form of work, mapping out our career pursuits is an essential process requiring thought and effort.  Satisfaction and success will be the reward for those who do.   The key to career satisfaction is knowing what kind of work and activities give you pleasure and are a good fit with your personality, skills and values. Basing your career decisions on employment trends alone, or salary potential, without adequate exploration, could lead to unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

Pace University Career Services Career Profiles
Information on various majors. Career overview, occupational opportunities, potential employers, websites and more... [PDF versions below]

 

 

For more majors, check out What can I do with this Major?
Explore Majors and Careers Using Our Three Step Process
 

Step 1: Self Assessment:

 

Examine your skills and achievements, evaluate your interests and what's important to you.  Understand your personality and preferences.

Define Your Particular Work Style Preferences
Consider using one of the career assessment tools available by appointment with Career Services. Call for an appointment and more information about completing one of these online assessments.

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Newly Revised Strong Interest Inventory

Examine Past Experiences, Skills and Achievements

Understand Your Personality Type and How It Affects Your Job Choice


Step 2: Research and Investigation   Gathering information about occupations can be done from a variety of sources:

Career Information Websites by Major / School

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
  • CareerOverview.com - A non-commercial website dedicated to providing aspiring career professionals and students with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information.
  • Career Project - FREE interactive career research tool that allows you a personal and uncensored look into thousands of real careers and jobs through the eyes of the people who have them.
  • Informational Interview  - Conduct an informational interview with a Pace Alumni Career Advisor, faculty, family and friends.
  • MyPlan.com - Explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you. 100% independent and unbiased, MyPlan.com gives you the truth about careers and majors. Site includes a video library, top ten list, and discussion forum.
  • New York State Department of Labor - Premier source of labor market information in the state. From wages to projections to the latest job figures, it has the most current and accurate labor market information available.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Online: Describes various job and positions including the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and the working conditions.

Step 3: Trying Out Careers   Gaining experience and exposure to various careers is extremely valuable when making career decisions.  There are several ways to obtain hands-on experience:
  • Work in an Internship before you complete your degree.
  • Volunteer in community organizations through the Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College, Greek organizations or other community groups.
  • Get involved in campus activities that relate to your interests and major. Take on leadership roles.
  • Work in a part-time or summer job.  Jobs are posted daily in the Career Services offices.
  • Study and travel abroad if it relates to your major and career interests.

Meet With a Career Counselor to Help You Understand It All!