Exploring Majors and Careers | Webster University

Exploring Majors and Careers

In order to make well-informed choices about your future, it is essential to have an understanding of your skills, values, interests, and personality; the outcomes of potential majors; and clear descriptions of the tasks, salary, and job outlook of different careers. By developing this understanding, you can decide which majors or careers you would like to explore further. 

Participating in activities that give you a glimpse of your potential future will help you to decide if a particular major or career is a good fit. Your PDF Personal Career Guide can assist you in taking action during your time here at Webster. 

The resources within each area below supplement your action plan and allow you to explore venues to better understanding yourself and your options. 

Learn About Yourself Learn About Majors Learn About Careers Try Your Options 


Learn About Yourself

Your values, skills, interests, and personality all contribute to your choice of academic major and future career. Having a better understanding of these components will support you making informed decisions about your path. 

My Next Move
Answer questions about the type of work you might enjoy. My Next Move will suggest careers that match your interests and training. My Next Move for Veterans helps you find a civilian career similar to your military job. 

Life Values Inventory
The Life Values Inventory is designed to help you clarify and prioritize your values in work, relationships, and leisure activities. Strategies to best utilize your values are provided in both online and PDF profiles. 

Career Assessments 
With your career advisor's guidance, select assessments that will assist you in identifying your interests and help you to explore career options.

Learn About Majors

Webster University Majors
Access the list of Webster University‘s many majors.

What Can I Do With This Major?
Learn about common career fields associated with academic majors and the types of employers that hire people in those fields. Also included are strategies to help you become a marketable candidate for specific jobs and industries.

Learn About Careers

In order to make informed career decisions, it is essential that individuals have accurate information about occupations and industries and understand educational requirements, job outlook, average salaries, etc.The following websites can help you to obtain essential labor market information: 

PDF Researching Careers and Employers
Download the Career Planning & Development Center's guide to finding accurate sources of information about careers. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Part of the United State's Department of Labor website.You can obtain information about occupations, industries and economic conditions on this site. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Obtain detailed information about occupations including the nature of the work, educational requirements, outlook, etc. 

Access comprehensive information about occupations including tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, related occupations, and wage and employment trends. 

Provides information about the fastest growing occupations, occupations with the most openings, videos of individuals working in specific careers, etc. 

Organized by interest areas such as hobbies, personality, or school subjects, InsideJobs provides occupation profiles and videos related to those interest areas.

Inside Career Info
Offers general job descriptions along with information on career skills, education, and personal testimonials.

Learn How to Become
Helps individuals understand what it takes to land their desired career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder.

Candid Career
Candid Career provides thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals. The site is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers so that viewers will be informed and ready for what lies ahead.

Glassdoor holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, office photos, and more. All of this information is entirely shared by those who know the company the best – the employees.  

Professional Associations 
Professional associations are groups of people who work in the same field. Their websites can provide extensive information about the occupation such as up-to-date knowledge and research findings, industry news, certification/licensure requirements, accredited graduate school directories, mentor programs, and much more. Use a search engine to seek out professional associations related to your field or the National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States directory available at libraries. 

Try Your Options

Test your potential careers by getting actively involved. Apply the following tactics to experience the realities of your options: 

PDF Informational Interviews
Learn directly from people working in your majors and careers of interest by interviewing them about what they do. Download a comprehensive guide about how to request and perform an informational interview.

Job Shadow 
Obtain permission to observe someone working in your field of interest in order to experience their work setting and daily activities. 

Student Organizations 
Join a group of students who share your interest in a particular major or career to see if you enjoy the subject matter and activities. 

Volunteering is one of the best ways to help improve the lives of others, to explore your options, and to gain experience related to your career. Choose a volunteer site that gives you hands-on experience and that is correlated to your field of study to see if you enjoy the associated tasks. Volunteer opportunities can be found through volunteermatch.org, serve.gov, Webster Works Worldwide, or many other local organizations.

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Holiday Closure: In accordance with Webster's Closings & Holidays, the CPDC will be closed on December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019.