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Career counselors find your perfect major
Heidi England
Antelope Staff

As most of college students begin their college careers, they have no idea about what they want for a major. Some who do know exactly, end up deciding on something else. Then there are the rare few who DO know exactly what they want to do, and stick with it.


If you are one of those who are undecided, consider your interests, skills, values and personality. This will enable you to succeed in the major you end up choosing. Then, you can go to various UNK services for help.


UNK offers a career assessment available to students who are undecided.  “You can talk with an advisor and/or career counselor to discuss the results to see what major would be right for you,” said Megan Friesen, an advisor in Student Support Services.


“One of the best things we do is just talk to people,” said Amy German, assistant director, Academic Advising. “We can get a feel of what areas they’re interested in just by talking to them.”


“There’s a lot of students that pretty much know what they want to do,” said Bridgette Swenson, advisor, Student Support Services. “Some feel bad about not knowing, but I tell them that it is OK.”


“When deciding on a major, look at both the pros and cons of each major and what’s involved with each one. Look at the aspect of which one you’ll be most happy with and not the financial aspect,” Swenson said.


If you want to know what jobs you could get with certain majors, you can go to www.unk.edu/offices/careerservices.aspx?id=1350. This link will provide you with a list of all the majors and will tell you what jobs you can get as well as more links to provide you with further information.


When choosing a major, make sure that it is one that will make you happy. Being happy with your major will result with you being happy with your life and your job. If you aren’t sure whether you will like the major, you can take an introduction course to see if it’s right for you.


“Don’t do something your parents and/or friends want you to do unless you really want to,” Friesen said. “Be open to trying something new. You never know what doors it could open.”


“We want students to talk to faculty members who design the program of study and/or helped develop the program,” German said. “Shop the undergraduate program like it’s your Christmas list.”


UNK offers many resources available to students such as Academic and Career Services. There are other resources such as job shadows, field experience, volunteering and internships to help you diversify your career and set you apart from others with the same major.


Just remember, “What you get out of your college degree is more than just what your major is,” German said.


Reporter Kyle McBride
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