Picking a major is one of the most important decisions a student makes in their collegiate academic career.
For many of us, that is not an easy decision to make. That is where the career center comes in—to help place you in a major suited best to your personality and interests. The first step in the process is to contact the career center (www.auburn.edu/career) and make an appointment with one of the counselors.
The next steps involves taking some personality assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which assesses personality traits and interests and measures your results to yield a list of careers best suited for the student’s personality, interests and lifestyle.
“We offer a broader, more across the board spectrum of all the majors offered—department advisers know more in-depth about the majors in their college,” says Phyllis Bickers, one of the career counselors. “We work with these advisers to place the student in the best major.”
Then career counselors use those results to work with the student so they can be placed in a major they are well suited for. The counselors will also supply contacts in the department the student is looking into, and have shadowing programs so the student can get a taste of what the major is like before fully committing.
But helping students choose a major is only a portion of what the career center does.
“We also have a great online feature which allows you to take a mock interview online and be digitally recorded so that you can review how many times you say ‘um’ or how fidgety you get,” says Bickers.
For further practice interviewing, students can go into the career center office and have a sit-down mock interview.
The career center also offers help building resumes, and features search engines to aid in job searches. One feature of this search engine is that it allows studnets to search and see if there are any Auburn alumnae working at any firm or business the students are looking into.