Major & Career Exploration

Aligning academic goals and career goals is a vital step towards securing a full-time job upon graduation. We encourage students to use the following resources within Handshake student portal to gain helpful information in regard to major and career exploration.

FOCUS 2 Assessment

The FOCUS 2 Assessment contains a variety of resources to help our students find a career that fits their interests and skill sets.

  • The Career Readiness tab helps students identify career and educational goals, academic strengths, work experiences and accomplishments, career planning status, and personal development needs.
  • The Self-Assessment tab contains the work interest assessment, personality assessment, skills assessment, values assessment, and leisure interest assessment. These assessments help narrow down your interests and skills and will pair you with careers that fit with your profile.
  • The Explore the Possibilities tab helps you research careers by occupation name, industry, and major. It also allows you to compare two occupations side by side to see the pros and cons of each occupation.
  • The Career Portfolio tab is a place where you can review and update any saved careers or majors that pique your interest.

If you would like to take the FOCUS 2 assessment, please visit our FOCUS 2 Portal and use the access code “career” when setting up your account.

What Can I Do with This Major?

Learn more about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make your student a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the following links provided.

 

Journey (Work Interest Assessment)

  • The Work Interest Assessment, provided by OKCareerGuide.org, is an online assessment that uses the Kuder Journey portal to help Oklahoma students and adults in determining a college major, preparing for their first career or making a career change.
  • A video tutorial can be found here.

Career Finder (Quick Interest Assessment)

  • The Career Finder can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.
  • You can find out what you like to do.
  • Career Finder helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

Career Readiness Roadmap

Career readiness as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers is “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.”  (NACE, 2016)

To help you achieve career readiness, the Business Career Center has developed a Career Readiness Checklist to assist you.

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Choose a major that will be compatible with your interests and future career pursuits.
  • If you are unsure of what major you should pursue, ask yourself the following questions:
    • What tasks do I derive the most satisfaction from?
    • What are my interests and abilities?
    • What kind of environment do I want to work in?
  • If you need some assistance in assessing which major is right for you, visit with your advisor, Business Career Center (BCC) or TU Career Services for additional help.
  • Create a resume and cover letter – visit Business Career Center if you need help!
  • Register with Handshake and upload your resume.
  • Join a student organization relevant to your major or future career.
  • Engage in volunteer activities to network with professionals and get involved in the community.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile to network with TU grads and discover relevant topics in industries of interest to you.
  • Attend the business etiquette dinner and other career workshops available through BCC and TU Career Services.

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Update your resume and cover letter.
  • Begin exploring your career options – networking or job shadowing are great ways to learn more about specific job tasks.
  • Start gaining experience outside of the classroom by obtaining a part-time job related to your field of study.
  • Research and explore careers on the Internet to get a better understanding of the job outlook and the emerging trends in the industry.
  • Attend Career Fairs to begin building your network and to obtain a summer internship.
  • Utilize job search sites and Handshake to continue looking for internship opportunities.
  • Participate in a mock interview with Business Career Center to prepare for upcoming job interviews.
  • Apply for job openings that interest you and begin interviewing for summer internships.
  • Send thank you cards within 24 hours of all interviews, site visits, or recruiting events.
  • Attend the business etiquette dinner and other career workshops available through BCC and TU Career Services.
  • If you received an internship offer for the summer, please take a few minutes to fill out the internship survey, which will be emailed to your utulsa.edu email address.

 

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Update your resume and cover letter.
  • Narrow your careers focus – begin to think about the specific jobs you might be interested in after graduation.
  • Attend Career Fairs to begin building your network and to obtain a summer internship.
  • Utilize job search sites and Handshake to continue looking for internship opportunities.
  • Participate in a mock interview with Business Career Center to prepare for upcoming job interviews.
  • Apply for job openings that interest you and begin interviewing for summer internships.
  • Send thank you cards within 24 hours of all interviews, site visits, or recruiting events.
  • Attend the business etiquette dinner and other career workshops available through BCC and TU Career Services.
  • If you received an internship offer for the summer, please take a few minutes to fill out the internship survey, which will be emailed to your utulsa.edu email address.

 

SENIOR YEAR

  • Update your resume and cover letter.
  • Focus on marketing yourself to potential employers.
  • Visit with employers on-campus and at their facilities when possible.
  • Attend Career Fairs and information sessions to begin assessing your options for after graduation.
  • Utilize job search sites and Handshake to continue looking for job opportunities.
  • Participate in a mock interview with Business Career Center to prepare for upcoming job interviews.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations in preparation for salary negotiations.
  • Apply for job openings that interest you and begin interviewing for full-time jobs after graduation.
  • Send thank you cards within 24 hours of all job interviews, site visits, or recruiting events.
  • Attend the business etiquette dinner and other career workshops available through BCC and TU Career Services.
  • Congratulations on your graduation! Please do not forget to report your success in finding a job by filling out the employment survey on the Career Services homepage and the Survey Monkey link sent to you from Leonelle.