Category Archives: Career Counseling

New Year, New Major?

The new year can signal a fresh start, and for some students that means a change in major.  Wherever you are in your career decision-making, the Office of Career and Professional Development has you covered.  Are you…

…considering a last-minute major change in the first week of classes?

Make an appointment with a career counselor.

…wanting to know how to make the most of your major (new or old)?

Learn how to answer the “What can you do with that major?” question with our online resources.

…looking for a strategy for your summer job or internship search?

Schedule a career coaching appointment.

We look forward to assisting you in identifying and reaching your goals!

Strengths & Vocation Seminar

Baylor’s Spiritual Life department is hosting the Be the Change Missions Conference next week, and the Career Counseling staff are taking part in the event this year.  On Thursday, September 20th, students will have the opportunity to explore how their strengths relate to vocation.  This seminar will emphasize how strengths can be used to glorify God and contribute to His work here on Earth, whether or not the occupation has traditionally been considered ministry.  This session will build upon students’  Clifton StrengthsFinder report.  Most students take the assessment just prior to starting their first year at Baylor.  If you are interested in attending this session, but you have not taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, please contact the Career Counseling office for instructions.

More information on the Be the Change Missions Conference, including the Strengths and Vocation Seminar can be found here.

Using O*NET OnLine to Discover Career Possibilities

 O*NET OnLine is a resource of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, and it is also one of the primary tools that we use in Career Counseling to assist students in gathering occupational information.  Job duties, salary data, and much more can be obtained from this tool.  This post will review several techniques for accessing information in O*NET.  Of course, you could always just type a keyword into the search box and wait to see what comes up.  There are some more strategic ways to use this site, though.

From the home page, click “Find Occupations” in the bar across the top of the screen.

From this page, you are given several options.  If you are currently participating in career counseling through our office, or if you have in the past, you can use your results from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® to identify Job Families that you would like to explore.  O*NET allows you to search by these same job families. 

If you click “Advanced Search” in the bar up top, you can search the site by Interests.  These interests represent the same themes discussed on the Strong Interest Inventory.

There are also ways to search for Green jobs (those that could have an emphasis on environmental protection and stewardship) and jobs where rapid growth is projected.

As always, if you have questions about identifying an occupation that is a great fit for you, contact us to schedule an appointment for Career Counseling.

Save the Date for the University-Wide Majors Fair

October 16, 2012 is a very important date.  From 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty representatives from more than 100 different academic programs at the University-Wide Majors Fair.  Students can gather information and ask questions about majors, secondary majors, and minors.  The event, hosted by the Department of Career Counseling, will take place on the 2nd floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center during Dr Pepper Hour.  Click here to view a list of programs that will be represented at the event.  This list is continuously updated as departments notify us of their plans to attend, so check back frequently.  We hope to see you there!

Back to School, Back to Major and Career Decision Making

Welcome to our newest Baylor Bears, and welcom back to our returning students!  I hope your summer provided time for rejuvenation, relaxation, and most of all…career exploration opportunites.  If you follow this blog, you will quickly learn that we advocate for major and career exploration even at the earliest stages of your college experience.  Why, you might ask?

The answer is that most of you will one day try to obtain a full-time job.  For the majority of you, your college degree on its own will not be the golden ticket to employment.  Your relevant experience and your network are critical components, too, and these elements cannot be developed overnight.  Our hope is that you have already started learning about yourself and seeking ways to gain exposure to and experience in the world of work.  It is important to remember that it is never too late to start, and this is an ongoing process.

Career development can be much more targeted if you have a clear goal in mind of where you are headed, even if the goal may change.  How can you obtain relevant experience if you do not know what is relevant?  Are you unsure of your major or career goals?  The Career Counseling staff are here to help you.  We offer a process designed to help you with self-exploration, major and career comparison, and action planning.  Our services are free and confidential.  Please take this valuable opportunity to invest in your future.  You can request appointments by visiting our website and clicking the red “Request an Appointment” button on the right-hand side of the page.  We look forward to working with you!

For Students Considering Law School

I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of resources from Baylor Law School that are designed to help prospective law students decide if law school is right for them.  Aptly named Is Law School Right for You?, the first article poses some basic questions to help you make this significant decision.  Students who wish to go a bit deeper might enjoy reading the Day in the Life profiles of current students at Baylor Law.

If those articles leave you feeling inspired, visit Baylor’s Pre-law website to help you craft your path to law school.  Keep in mind that law schools do not have specific prerequisite courses, nor do they prefer specific majors.  For assistance with major selection, please contact Career Counseling.


Do You LOVE Your Major?

Do you agree with any of the following statements?

  • I want a career that I am passionate about.
  • I want to love what I am studying.
  • I want a job that I enjoy so much that I would do those same tasks if I wasn’t getting paid.

Not every student identifies enjoyment as a high priority in their major and career, but many students do.  If it is a priority to you, is your current area of study fulfilling that need?  If you are dissatisfied in your current major or feeling uncertain about your career direction, take a moment to schedule an appointment with Career Counseling.  It could be the first step in identifying a major and career that you love.

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Business Majors for Students Who Like to Help

One of the more challenging aspects of selecting a major and career goal is when a student believes that their primary interests are in direct opposition to one another.  Rather than a challenge, consider such a scenario as an opportunity to get creative.

Many students come to us who are attracted to the job opportunities available with a business major, yet they question if the resulting careers will allow them to help and serve other people.  They often emphasize that they want to make a difference in the world.  Here are a few options to ponder:

  • Business for Secondary Education– This major allows students to gain a broad business background, as well as the opportunity to pursue a teacher certification upon graduation.  You can share your business savvy with future generations, providing students with necessary skills for the workforce, and possibly even inspiring them to pursue a career in business.
  • Human Resource Management– This major offers training in conflict resolution, staffing, and other subjects that prepare you for working with the employees of an organization.
  • Marketing- Nonprofit and Development Track– Students can use this version of the marketing major to launch a career with agencies that have helping as their mission.
  • Financial Planning– Assisting individuals with decisions regarding their finances is a role with long-term impact.
  • Prehealth students might find the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Baylor Business Fellows programs to accommodate their prehealth courses a bit more easily than the traditional Bachelor of Business Administration.
  • A business major is also strong preparation for a career in healthcare administration.
  • Depending on how you choose to apply your business knowledge in the workforce, any business major can lead to a rewarding career that allows you to contribute to society in meaningful ways.

For more information, follow the hyperlinks above, or contact Career Counseling to begin your journey in combining your unique interests.

10 Major Links

Today we will explore a list of links available on the Career Counseling website for exploring your major, so grab a cup of coffee and join me on the tour!

1.  Majors and Prehealth Programs at Baylor


Our first stop is a list of all the majors and prehealth programs Baylor has to offer.  One really nice feature of this list is that each program is linked to the departmental website where you are sure to find even more information about the particular area, especially the list of courses you would need to take.

2.  GPA Calculator

If you are ever curious about your gpa status, this link can be very useful.  Just follow the steps for inputting your hours and grades (or anticipated grades) for your courses and you will gain a clear picture of what your gpa might look like.

3.  Majors in Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences has done a tremendous job, taking each of their majors and giving a description, course examples, and potential job opportunities.  I think this resource can be quite valuable if a major in the College of Arts and Sciences is on your list.

4.  Minors List

This link provides a list of all the minor options available at Baylor.  Since not all majors are minors and not all minors are majors, this resource can be a valuable way to gain a clear understanding of the minors offered.

5.  The Princeton Review’s Major Descriptions

The Princeton Review offers an alphabetical search of a wide variety of majors, listing descriptions of each.  If you want to get another perspective of what is involved in a particular major, this resource might be what you are looking for.

6.  What Can I Do With This Major?

Career Services has put together a generous list of resources that address this very question.  Search the list for majors of interest to you and click the bold heading for a link to a PDF with valuable information about different possible areas to pursue with the major, employers for that major, and also strategies for pursuing a career in that field.  I find the PDFs to be full of practical information.  The link below the bolded one is also filled with valuable resources ranging from links to professional associations related to the major field to actual job listings in the area, so you can see exactly what employers are looking for in the hiring process.

7.  What Can I Do With a Major In…?

For this link, we go to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  They provide a rich list of majors their school provides, linking each to a list of information and valuable resources that students with interest in that field may find useful.  One of my favorite pieces of information they provide is a list of careers that may be pursued with that major.  This list is very detailed, so you may find other careers related to your major field that you might not have thought of yet.

8.  Major Weblinks

Northern Illinois University has also put together a list of majors linked to valuable information for each.  This website is another great resource to peruse to discover more information regarding majors you are interested in.

9.  What can I do with my liberal arts degree?

If you have been asking yourself this question, then this link might be just right for you.  A click on this link will take you to an article from the Winter 2007 edition of the Occupation Outlook Quarterly that specifically explores this topic.

10.  Baylor’s Pre-Law Program

While not a major itself, Baylor’s Pre-Law program is a valuable pre-professional program that will help you prepare well for a future in law school and beyond.  This link takes you to Baylor’s Pre-Law website, which is chock full of key information necessary for pursuing the field of law, from pre-law contacts in different university departments to a timeline that will help you stay on track as you pursue your goals.


I hope these resources are helpful as you explore majors of interest to you.  Enjoy your weekend and Sic ‘Em, Bears!!!

Session 3


The third session can go in a variety of directions. Sometimes you may have narrowed your list of careers and majors down to one specific thing. Other times, you may still be looking at all five different options seriously. Either of these extremes or anything in between is great!

When you visit us for the third time, we will start out by looking at your narrowed down careers list. Your career counselor will give you a worksheet to help you structure this list and include things like the career title, education needed, and why you think this career fits with you. Do you remember the things you and your career counselor discussed during the first session (interests, values, career influences, strengths, etc.)? Well, during the research time between your second and third appointments is the perfect time to bring those ideas back out, because they will help you with the narrowing down process. Also, the websites the career counselor shows you at the end of the second appointment will give you lots of detailed information to help you gain a deeper understanding of what all is involved in that career field or major.

Hopefully, after finishing your research, you will have a more focused idea of where you are headed and you and your career counselor will develop a Plan of Action with different resources and referrals (people and places) to help get you closer to making your dreams realities! The plan of action may hold websites, department contacts, professors, and professionals in the field. Really, the sky is the limit.