Know your Options
Start with the basics: What majors does Stonehill offer? Read through the areas of study and “Book of Majors,” both are great starting points. If starting from scratch, it can be useful to start by eliminating those you know are definitely off the table.
Review which courses are required for each major you are considering: Look into each course of study by major, as laid out here, in the Hill Book. Do these courses interest you?
Use the myAudit function in myHill and play with the “What If” scenarios: This allows you to reconfigure the classes you have already taken into a new major to see how it affects your degree progress and view specifically which courses you have left to take. (Go to myHill – myAcademics – myAudit)
If you can’t find a major that works for you, consider creating your own Interdisciplinary Studies major: You will need to create a proposed course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor and the program coordinator. Read more here.
There are 2 online self-assessments you can take to direct you to major options and career directions compatible with your personality and interests.
The Strong Interest Inventory: You take this on your own time, and then meet with a trained Career Planning Program student intern. This intern will review the results of your assessment and connect you with resources on campus based on the outcome of your conversation.
The FOCUS-II: This assessment takes approximately 40 minutes, and you can spend additional time researching different occupational choices, and checking out the 300+ occupational videos. You do not have to do the assessment all at once; it is self-paced and you can log back on to FOCUS at any time.
Explore Online Resources
There are a number of great websites connecting majors to careers. You can take a bottom-up approach (look at particular majors and how they connect to careers) or a top-down approach (look at particular careers and see what majors usually enter them).
- Career and industry profiles, such as “Becomeopedia”; the Occupational Outlook Handbook (maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor); and Wet Feet
- “What can I do with this Major?…” sheets
- Career Connection is available to every Stonehill student. Get in there and look around. You can search the “Mentor” tab to see where over 1,000 Stonehill alums work, what types of jobs they use their majors in, which grad school programs they have attended, etc. If you want, you can take it one step further by clicking on “contact mentor” button and shoot an email out – introduce yourself and ask for an informational interview, a resume critique or just plain old advice.
Talk to People & Get Out There
There is only so much you can learn sitting at your computer. Nothing can replace hearing the experiences of others, seeing a job for yourself, or talking through options with an advisor.
Great people to talk to:
- Other students (peer mentors, TAs, tutors, friends)
- Professors – especially if you are looking for advice on graduate school programs…they all did one! Department Chairs are a great person to start with if you are thinking of joining a major.
- Academic Advisors – you can make an appointment with a professional advisor in the Office of Academic Services & Advising at any time (Duffy 104; 508-565-1306)
- Career Counselors – if you are wanting to explore how majors relate to careers fields, make an appointment with a counselor in the Office of Career Services (Kruse Center in Cushing-Martin Hall; 508-565-1325)
Ways to get out there:
- Job Shadows – A job shadow is usually short-term – anywhere from a day to a month – and is not done to gain experience in a certain field, but rather to witness a certain profession first-hand.
- Internships – An internship (usually about 3 months long) not only makes you more marketable as a job candidate, but gives you the opportunity to gain greater understanding about your chosen field.
- Informational Interviews – Informational interviews allow you to ask for career and industry advice from someone in the field. It allows you to ask the questions you need to know in order to gather information on the field.
Make an appointment with the Office of Career Services to discuss procuring one of these opportunities.
Make an appointment with the Office of Academic Services & Advising to discuss major options and selection strategies.