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Choosing Your Major

Having a Hard Time Choosing Your Major?

 
Here are some resources and websites that may help you in learning about and choosing a major.
 

ELIMIMAJOR

ElimiMajor is an exercise developed by the staff of Santa Monica College's Career Services Center. As career professionals we have learned that students may not know what they want to choose as a major, but they always know what they DON'T want as their major. You will have the opportunity to identify majors that you are NOT interested in, and circle the majors that you are interested in. Click here to take the ElimiMajor.
 
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN.....?
Provide summaries for majors, sample job titles, possible employers, professional associations, and resources for finding employment. Click on “Major”.
  

Careers For Students in This Major...

This website links academic majors to career alternatives by providing information on career paths and sample job titles. http://www.udel.edu/CSC/students/major_resource_kits.html
 
CALIFORNIA REALITY CHECK
After high school and college you will need to work to
pay for housing, transportation, clothes etc. Find out how much money you will need. Click on “occupations direct” for salary information.
 
MY NEXT MOVE
Search for information about hundreds of jobs based on
key words, by industries, or not sure. You can take a quick assessment to obtain a list of possible careers to explore. Click on the section that is appropriate for you.
 
INSIDE CAREER INFO
Firsthand career reviews from insiders, including: Tips
for people considering the career, best and worst aspects of the career, job tasks and everyday responsibilities, getting a job, and education and degrees required. Click on “all careers on left side of page at bottom of list of careers.
 
  
Choices 360
A career database where you can read current information about various careers including salary, outlook, and education.
Click Create an Account
Enter Access Key: CA01218
Click Next   
Click on College Type- Santa Monica College – Select Next
Enter your personal information. Create an user Account Name and Password
Write your Account Name and Password in the spaces below. Note: You will need to access this site each time you log in.
Account Name: ­­­­­­­­­­­­____________Password:______________
Provide a secret question and answer to help if you forget your password.
Check the box if you agree to the privacy policy and terms of the site, and then click NEXT
Click on Create Your Account
Start using Choices 360!
Click on Career Planning – in the menu bar
Click on Explorer Careers – in the menu bar
Choose one of the following options
Type a Career title in the “Search for” Box OR Select a letter of the alphabet for a list of careers that begin with that letter OR Select a category in the “Browse Career Clusters” and select a career from the list
Once you have selected a career that fits your interests you can read about money, outlook, related careers and education, etc.
  
CALIFORNIA CAREER CAFE
A place where you can explore occupations, map out a career pathway, gain valuable insight from experts and be inspired, learn how to connect with professionals, and resources in finding a job or internship!
 
O*NET ONLINE
Has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, students, researchers, and more! Click on “find occupations”.
 
CANDID CAREER
Candid Career allows you to select from thousands of career video interviews to learn about what professionals do in a wide variety of careers.