Taking the time to research majors/careers in-depth will help you learn about options, identify what may best fit you, and find out what you should be doing now to prepare yourself for your chosen career.
Learn about UWM majors, minors, and certificate programs
- View UWM majors, minors, and certificates
- Talk with advisors, faculty, and current and past students of the program. Ask departments/programs if they will be conducting information sessions related to certain majors, minors, or certificates.
- Research the following areas:
- prerequisites for entry into the major/certificate
- required credits and courses to graduate with the major/certificate
- mandatory internships, fieldwork, senior capstones, or final research projects
- classes you could take now that would give you a sense of what this major/certificate will be like
- jobs graduates of this major/certificate pursue
- Observe or take classes to learn more about what you may study within a particular program and if it fits with your interests and skills. Taking a 100 level course may give you a better understanding of a program where as sitting in on an upper level course may provide you with a more in-depth perspective.
- Investigate, attend, and/or join UWM student organizations related to your interests. By understanding the purpose and activities of the student organization you can learn more about that area of study and related career fields.
What Can I Do With A Major In…?
- Use the following resources to research career descriptions, read real people profiles, and watch career videos:
|Career One Stop||ONET|
|Occupational Outlook Handbook||Career Search|
|Princeton Review||Career Profiles|
|ISEEK Careers||Job Profiles|
- Google a career title with the words “career video”, “day in the life”, “career profile”, or “career description”. Also visit websites of the professional associations related to the career field you are researching.
- Look at job postings to learn about job responsibilities; required skills and education; salaries; and work environments. Indeed and milwaukeejobs.com are great sites to use.
- Talk with people about their careers by conducting informational interviews and job shadowing. This is an excellent way to gather first-hand information about careers.
- Participate in career related volunteer positions, internships and/or part-time jobs. Visit the Volunteer Center of Milwaukee, Volunteer Match, MilwaukeeJobs.com, and PantherJobs.
- Join a student organization related to an academic major or career. Many UWM student organizations hold events such as company tours, professionals speaking about careers, and career related projects.
- Attend UWM career fairs. Career fairs are not just for students looking for jobs, they are a great place to talk to employers about the duties of various careers, skills they are looking for, internships they offer, etc.