Choosing Your Major/Career

Need help choosing a major?

The process of selecting a major or career can be very stressful and overwhelming. With so many options, how do you choose? Career Services can help!

Career Services offers a variety of services to help you through the process of choosing a major or career. Check out these FAQs for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Available Services

Career counselors are available to meet 1:1 to help you choose a major or career path.

Schedule an Appointment

Career Assessments

The first step to finding a satisfying major or career is to learn as much about yourself as possible. After completing a thorough self-evaluation, you can discover occupations to best utilize your strengths. Below are tools that are designed to assist with the process:

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This tool is an online, interactive career, and education planning system that combines self-assessment, career exploration, and decision making into one comprehensive program. It will help you map out a career path and select a major area of study to support your career goals.

Login instructions
  1. Click on the Focus2 link below to log in
  2. If you are a first time user, click the REGISTER button
  3. Your Access Code is: redhawk
  4. Complete personal details using your Southeast email.
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To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, call stop by Career Services or call (573)651-2583.

Majors

Majors at Southeast

This link will provide you with a close-up view of the more than 200 majors at Southeast.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you are exploring several majors or looking to gain further insight into your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers.

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Careers

Career One Stop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site is a source for career exploration, training and jobs.

O*Net

O*Net is a primary source of occupational information, allowing users to search and review hundreds of occupations.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A premier source for career information. The featured profiles cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, and more.

Missouri Connections

A web based resource to assist Missouri citizens with everything from exploring different careers to developing job search strategies.

Glassdoor

Explore Glassdoor to gain unlimited student access to millions of salaries, company reviews, and specific interview questions from current and former employees at over 280,000 companies. This is a great place to explore companies and occupations.

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Tips for making your decision

  1. Recognize decision roadblocks
  2. List items, circumstances or even people that are getting in the way of making a decision. Examples could be related to parental pressure, lack of confidence, or motivational concerns. Once you recognize the roadblocks, it will be easier to move to the next step in the process.

  3. Identify your support system
  4. There is perhaps no decision quite as important as choosing a major or career path. Who are the people and resources available to assist you with the process? Although the decision must ultimately be yours, you don’t have to go through the process alone.

  5. Consider all alternatives
  6. There are no right or wrong career decisions, only opportunities to make choices based on the information you have available to you. That’s why it’s so important to be patient with the process and give yourself time to explore all of your options. Recognizing and setting new goals is an important step in helping to clarify which alternative may be your best option.

  7. Take responsibility
  8. What you decide is up to you, which is why it’s so important to make an informed decision. If you think that you may need help with choosing a major or career, contact Career Services at (573) 651-2583 to schedule an appointment.

The following check list is designed to assist with making sure that you are on the right track with meeting your academic and career goals. Click anywhere on the image below for a printable version of this document.

Career Development Checklist

Still need help? Contact Career Services at (573) 651-2583 to schedule an appointment.

Contact

573.651.2583
careerservices@semo.edu
Academic Hall 057
Office Hours:
Regular: 8am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8am - 4pm
*Fall/spring semesters Walk-in-Wednesdays 9am-4pm
Office of Career Services
One University Plaza, MS 3333
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701