Lesson – Careers and College Majors
Activity 1: Research career and future job prospects. The U.S. government’s My Next Move and U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook websites provide opportunities to identify careers related to both your passions and your personality.
- Research: Go to the U.S. Department of Labor, My Next Move, website and complete the 60-question Interest Profiler and add your scores to the ‘Module 7 – Narrative: Careers and College Majors’ page of your narrative document.
- Search Careers: You can use the Interest Profiler’s Job Zones or Career links to find careers relating to your profile or you can select “Search careers with key words” by clicking onto the Search Key icon on the top righthand side of the website.
- Research Careers: After identifying the type of careers that you would like to further research, go to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook. website.
- Narrative: After researching your career, return to your narrative document (Module 7 – Narrative: Careers and College Majors) and write a summary by responding to each of the questions. Each question identifies the area of the Occupational Outlook Handbook webpage where the information may be found about your career.
Activity 2: Research college opportunities. Use your career or college major as part of your Internet search criteria to explore college opportunities.
- Research: Use the following Internet search phrases to identify colleges and universities offering your desire major:
- “best colleges for + your major” (e.g., best colleges for computer science)
- “best colleges for + your career” (e.g., best colleges for accountants)
- “best + your major + programs for + (you may also include qualifying terms such as gender, racial group, or first generation students)” (e.g., best engineering programs for women)
- “best + your career + programs for + (you may also include qualifying terms such as gender, racial group, or first generation students)” (e.g., best nursing programs for men)
- “best + your major + programs in + your state” (best engineering programs in Texas)
- Experiment with other phases such as, “best programs for women in technology,” “best colleges for women and minorities in STEM,” “best colleges for first generation students.”
- Narrative: Return to your narrative document (Module 7 – Narrative: Careers and College Majors)and list the best colleges for your career and if you would be interested in applying for admission to any of these colleges.
Supplemental Research: The following websites provide opportunities to further expand your career research.
- College Salary Report:http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/common-jobs-for-majors
- Major and Career Search:https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers#
- Best College Majors for Highest Paying Careers: https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/best-college-majors-highest-paying-jobs
- 50 best highest-paying college majors based on starting salaries: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/19/the-50-highest-paying-college-majors.html
- U.S. Census Bureau “Where Do College Graduates Work?” http://www.census.gov/dataviz/visualizations/stem/stem-html/
- U.S. Census Bureau “Pathways After a Bachelor’s Degree” infographics: https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2012/comm/pathways-series.html