Explore Majors & Careers

Choosing a major is a complex and personal process. We provide tools necessary to assist you in declaring a major and discovering career options. 

Career Counseling Services

Reduce your confusion, make choices, and create changes in your life suitable for the academic and work environment by seeking assistance in the following areas:

  • Professional resumes and cover letters
  • Career exploration and career assessment inventories
  • Choosing a major or future career
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Job search
  • Interviewing skills (including mock interviews)
  • Managing job offers and salary negotiation
  • And much more...

Career Planning

Discover, Investigate, enGage, Succeed

 

The Career Planning Process includes 4 steps, D.I.G.S. - Discover, Investigate, enGage, and Succeed.

Career planning is a lifelong process and will happen several times as you gain experiences and redefine your needs, personal wants and/or career goals.

 

1. Discover

Self-assessment is the first step of gathering information about yourself in order to make an informed career decision. Self-assessments measure:

  • Interests
  • Values
  • Roles
  • Skills/Aptitudes
  • Preferred Environments
  • Developmental Needs
  • Your realities

2. Investigate

Gather information about employment outlook, salary, related occupations, education and training, and job duties.

  • Explore the occupations in which you are interested
  • Research the industries in which you would like to work
  • Understand employment trends, salaries, requisite skills, etc.

Once you’ve researched a number of careers, narrow your options by:

  • Job shadowing or seeking professional mentors
  • Part-time employment, internships, or volunteer opportunities (e.g. community service)
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals/practitioners

3. enGage

Obtain relevant experience through an internship, part-time job, or volunteering to measure and test if this career path is enjoyable and sparks your passion.  

4. Succeed

Develop the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal, for example:

  • Investigate sources of additional training, education and/or gaps to determine if anything is needed to qualify you for the career
  • Develop a marketable resume and cover letter
  • Network, job search and interview
  • Take action and persevere toward your career goal

 

Career Assessments

Career assessments are free tools to help you discover more about yourself and guide you to academic majors and careers most appropriate for you. 

Career Assessments Handout

Assessment What does it measure? How to take it
Kuder® Journey  Interests, Skills, Work Values Register here and input activation code: J4246848PQZ
Focus 2 Interests, Leisure Activities, Personality, Skills, Values Register here using your Fresno State email address and access code: bulldogs
Keirsey Temperament Sorter Personality Pick up a hard copy of the assessment in Thomas 103
Strong Interest Inventory Interests See a Career Counselor for more information
Career Leader-College Interests, Motivations, Skills See a Career Counselor for more information
California Career Zone Interests, Skills, Work Importance Register here 
O*Net Career Exploration Tools Abilities, Interests, Work Importance Access here

Online Resources for Career Research

California Career Zone

Contains extensive career information, but tailors it toward California and allows you to search careers by industry.

CareerOneStop Portal 

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, this site contains an extensive amount of career, salary, education, and job search information.

Explore Health Careers

A free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website that gives students (and educators) information about health professions. 

Learn How to Become 

Provides detailed insight into 45 of career fields with custom "how-to" guides.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Maintained by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor. It has an extensive listing of careers and information on daily tasks, education required, salary, job outlook. 

O*NET

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a primary source for occupational information. Use it to find detailed, updated information about hundreds of occupations.

The Riley Guide

Introduces you to the online job search, providing many sites and resources.

What Can I Do With This Major or Degree? 

Don't know what you can do with a major in ____? This page will help you find out.

Salary Information

Find salary information specific to your zip code through this site.

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