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Major / Career Exploration and Career Classes

There are a number of career courses taught at the University of Minnesota in varying formats - in-person, online, or blended formats.  These courses provide students a formalized structure to learn about themselves and the world of work.  Self-learning includes reflection on values, skills, strengths, and interests.  World of work learning includes engagement with in-class speakers, informational interview assignments, and oftentimes site visits.  Activities range from inventories, discussions, and action planning.  are designed to allow students some freedom in customizing their exploration process. 

Personality and Interest Assessments

No assessment will tell you exactly what career to pursue. They can, however, give you insights into your preferences and personality traits to help guide your search process. Most career services offices provide the opportunity to take the the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) + Skills Confidence Inventory. Contact your college's career services office for more information.

Occupational Research

Various resources provide up-to-date information on average salaries, companies in the field, daily tasks in a profession, and more:

  • "What Can I Do with This Major?"
    • Typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major
    • Strategies to make you a more marketable candidate
    • Continue your research through the websites provided
  • O*Net
    • Daily tasks involved in the career
    • Knowledge and skills needed
    • Average salaries
    • Projected growth of the field
  • CareerOneStop (Department of Labor)
    • Salaries
    • Employment trends
    • Skills needed and more
  • Glassdoor
    • Company reviews
    • CEO approval ratings
    • Salary reports
    • Interview reviews and questions
    • Office photos and more

Explore Industry Fields with CandidCareer Videos

CandidCareers is an online library of educational videos. Visit the "Explore Careers" section at the top of the page to see interviews with alumni in a variety of industries and positions.