In large part, your college admissions and scholarship research will be guided by the type of career and college major you choose to pursue. You may choose to pursue an undergraduate college major to further explore a gift, talent, or area of interest (art, music, dance, or philosophy); you may choose to pursue an undergraduate college major that will immediately prepare you to enter directly into a career after receiving your undergraduate degree (e.g., actuarial science, accounting, or finance); or you may may enter college as an ‘undeclared’ major so that you can explore different classes and fields of study prior to choosing a career pathway. However, many college and scholarship applications will ask you to describe your future college or career aspirations. Consequently, what you learn through this activity will not only prepare you to answer such questions, but assist in guiding your college and scholarship research.


  • Identify the types of college majors and careers aligned with your educational or career interests.
  • Identify the best colleges for pursuing your college major.
  • Identify the long-term earnings potential of college majors and future job prospects for associated careers.

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour. 

Guiding Questions

  • What careers or college majors are associated with my gifts, talents, or aspirations?
  • How do I identify the best colleges for my college major?
  • What are the future job prospects associated with my career choice and what is the long-term earnings potential?