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Major and Career Exploration

Take a minute and think…. Why did you choose your major? Or, if you’re undeclared, why haven’t you chosen a major? Interestingly, both questions can be the result of a lack of insight into personal characteristics than can be channeled into a career choice and lead to career satisfaction. At OCS, we offer self-assessments, career guidance and counseling, and other resources to help students make informed decisions about choosing a major that will, hopefully, lead to a satisfying career path. 

Explore Majors and Careers

MyPlan Career Assessments

Making good major and career choices begins with a comprehensive understanding of who you are (personality & values), what you like (interests) and the skills you have and/or need to develop to be successful on your career path.  The self-assessment tools offered by the Office of Career Services are designed to guide you in the right direction. The MYPlan assessment tool helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers. Students can access the MyPlan self-assessment tool at http://howard.myplan.com/. Create a FREE account, and enter the Access Code (please call or email OCS to receive the Access Code). Click Assessments and take all four assessments. Log on to BisonCareerlink to schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist to assess your results.  There are four assessments

Career Personality Test

The personality assessment will help you understand what career is right for you based on your personality characteristics.

Career Interest Inventory 

The interest assessment will help you find out what your interests are and how your interests can be utilized in the world of work.

Career Skills Profiler 

The skills assessment tool will help you  identify your strengths. This information  may determine a career or desired work environment.

Career Values Assessment 

The values assessment tool will help you learn more about your work needs and motivations that are important to you in a job.

Individual Career Consultations

Once you have taken all four assessments, take advantage of these sessions, and schedule an appointment with a career professional via BisonCareerLink.

Related Resources

 

Undecided/Undeclared Majors

GROW Initiative

If you are an incoming Freshman or Transfer student that are undecided or have not yet declared a major, then the GROW (Graduation, Readiness, Options, Work) Initiative is for YOU! This comprehensive career development program is designed to assist undecided undergraduate students make well-informed decisions regarding their major and career path. By engaging in the G.R.O.W. Initiative, students will lay the foundation to their academic success by focusing on the self-knowledge, educational and occupational exploration, and career planning. The program will take you through a step-by-step process to explore your interests, help you to decide and declare a major within your school of choice. To participate in this program, contact OCS at careerservices@howard.edu 202-806-7513 for more information.

Objectives of the Program

  • Facilitate career and academic decision making for undergraduate students
  • Help students select their appropriate major sooner, based on their personality, interests, skills and work values
  • Increase the likelihood of graduating within four years

Student Benefits

  • Increase academic success through declaration of major study
  • Focused selection of suitable academic courses aligned with your career and academic goals
  • Greater job satisfaction and the potential for higher earning
  • Save money by graduating on time!
  • Identify and understand your learning styles, skills, personality traits, values, and interests

View the list of Howard Undergraduate Majors.

Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Monday - Friday
 

Office of Career Services
525 Bryant Street, NW 
Suite 212
Washington, DC. 20059

Phone 
202-806-7513

Fax
202-462-4267

careerservices@howard.edu