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Tips for the Exploratory Student

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Students who are unsure about either their major or career choices need to be active participants in the exploration process as soon as they arrive on campus. If you’re wondering how to get started, begin with a few of these tips:

  • Complete the exercises found in this Exploratory Workbook created to help you discover more about your values, interests, preferences, and major options.
  • Use the university’s General Education requirements to enroll in courses of interest to you. Usually in taking courses to satisfy these requirements, you’ll discover areas that interest you. You will also be making progress in your undergraduate degree even though you are unsure of your major.
  • Enroll in Counselor Education 205 Exploring Majors and Careers and/or Counselor Education 212 Career and Personal Development.
  • Perform an in-depth review of UT’s undergraduate catalog, including majors offered and course requirements and prerequisites for the majors.
  • Do whatever it takes to be a successful student! An exploratory student needs to keep doors open.
  • Get involved in volunteer work. Time spent in a variety of tasks may spark a new area of interest. There are numerous campus organizations that can assist you in finding a way to give back to your community.
  • Use the UT Bookstore to review textbooks to get a feel for what a particular course might be like. Browse the shelves for books of interest.
  • Take some elective courses just to learn more about various disciplines of study.
  • Interview people who have jobs that are appealing to you.
  • Get some meaningful work experience (during summers or a part-time job during school).
  • Shadow someone for a day in a work setting you would consider as a career.
  • Utilize all aspects of Office of Career Development (100 Dunford Hall): interest inventories, career counselors, internship or part-time job postings, résumé-building exercises, DVDs, workshops, and the numerous on-line resources.
  • Join a student organization that has meaning to you and will help you demonstrate and/or acquire skills. Take on a leadership role in the organization.
  • Learn to surf…the Internet, that is. An endless supply of information is available for the avid seeker.