Tools For Choosing a Major

Major Exploration Program

Tools For Choosing a Major

Students are being challenged to plan an activity based upon personality type.

The Office of First Year Advising and Exploration created the Major Exploration Program to assist first time in college students to choose a major.

During summer 2012, the program, led by FYAE Emily “Nanette” Rank and in conjunction with Career Services, hosted “Undecided about your major?” The interactive workshop allowed students to take the MyPlan Career Interest Assessment which was then reviewed by a Career Services advisor. In addition, students were given the opportunity to view FYAE’s major exploration video series and to discuss one chosen major with an advisor. At the conclusion of summer orientation, FYAE advisors remained in contact with the 540 students who attended the workshop.

Each of these students received a Major Exploration Program Interest, Abilities, and Values Survey in September to assess their progress in determining an appropriate major. “Dream Out Loud,” a new component of the program, is comprised of various stages to increase the likelihood of students declaring a major within their first year. The concept of “Dream Out Loud” offers students a vehicle to explore their dreams and to connect them with a plan of action. This component will be interwoven throughout the students’ first year at UCF.

FYAE launched their first My Plan workshop which featured a presentation from Career Services.  During this presentation, Laura Crouch, coordinator Career Services Development, facilitated a discussion on the importance of searching for a major that inherently linked with their personality. Prior to attending the workshop, students completed the MyPlan Personality Test which allowed Crouch to assist the students with interpreting the results. Crouch also reviewed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with students and conducted activities according to each of their personality traits.

Tools were provided to 20 students who participated in this workshop to assist them with their developmental process. This year, because of the critical nature of deciding upon a major, FYAE plans to continue to offer various events through the Major Exploration Program. This will ensure that the students are equipped to choose the best major tailored for their respective dreams. For more information, visit: dk.sdes.ucf.edu.

Upcoming events:

  • January: “Occupational Outlook Handbook” workshop
  • February: “Majors Fair” ─ Students will be encouraged to attend this annual event hosted by Career Services
  • March: “Decision Making” workshop
  • April: “Dream Out Loud” workshop

FYAE and Career Services are offices in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.