Exploratory Advising Center

Exploratory Programs

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    Getting Started

    Choosing a major is not the same thing as choosing a career. A major is the area or discipline that you plan to study while you are in college, for example Finance, Special Education, or Biology. Most students plan to find a job that will utilize their major, such as becoming a financial analyst, a teacher or a doctor. Of course, there are many career options for each major offered at the university, but the first step to a successful career is choosing a major that is right for you! The more you enjoy what you are studying the more successful you will be!

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    Know Yourself

    Self-assessment is a vital part of the career planning process and will take a bit of time. You will want to consider and evaluate areas such as your values, interests, skills, personality, and desired lifestyle. Take into consideration your academic strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you dislike math you will want to avoid those majors that will require a lot of math.

    Since it is often easier for students to determine what they DO NOT want to major in versus what they do want, using the process of elimination can at least help narrow your options. Here is a list of all the majors offered at FIU, cross out all majors you do NOT want to pursue after reflecting on your interests. Make a list of all the majors that you did not eliminate.

    To see a complete list of the exploratory tracks at FIU click here.

    To learn more about exploratory courses, click here.

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    Consider the Curriculum

    Taking a closer look at the curriculum is perhaps one of the best recommendations we can make. You will want to take a look at the classes you will be taking for a specific major, before you register for those courses. If you find that courses to be taken are not of interest or perhaps you simply don't feel comfortable taking them, that might be an indication that you should consider changing your major. We highly recommend that all students view the major mapfor their major for two reasons:

    1. At a glance, looking at a major map can give you an idea of whether or not the major you are considering is flexible, allowing you to take electives, or if it is restricted with specific courses being required. In general, you will have an idea of whether it is math/science heavy; if you are comfortable with those courses you have to take to get admitted.
    2. Major maps include the contact information for each major department. That information, including the website provided, can potentially lead you to view the courses into the major that are required. Again, taking a look at these core classes, the actual classes that form the program, will give you an idea of whether or not it is a major you should consider.

    To Explore Major maps please visit: http://mymajor.fiu.edu/

    To learn more about the majors FIU offers and review the curriculum to follow for each one, you can also visit: http://discovermajors.fiu.edu/

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    Take an Assessment

    Assessments are a helpful tool in the process of deciding on a major. They will help you narrow down your options, discover new interest, or even areas where you might excel. Taking the assessment below, MyMajorMatch, will be helpful in identifying possible majors for you based on your skills and interests. It may even reveal areas of study you hadn't considered before. It is a 20-minute, free assessment and will provide you with your top five (of 16 possible) clusters for major areas. Each career cluster will identify majors that align with that area. Career details, admission program criteria are also provided. Advisors are available to meet with you should you need assistance interpreting the results. MyMajorMatch can be found in the "Academics" section of your MyFIU student Portal.

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    Doing the Research

    As you continue to narrow down your options, you will want to do some research on those majors you have identified through your MyMajorMatch Assessment. What can you do with those majors? What education level is needed to work in such fields? What skills are required to succeed in them? Having the answers to these questions can help you either eliminate a major or determine if it is right for you. The following website is helpful in doing some of this research. Utilizing the MyMajors website can help you with this research: http://mymajor.fiu.edu/

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    Additional Resources

    You should now have a better idea of a major that is appropriate for you. Remember you can always visit our office for more assistance. An academic advisor can help you find classes that are appropriate for the major (s) you are considering.

    Academic Advising Center (MMC)

    SASC 428; 305-348-2892

    Academic Advising Center (BBC)

    ACI 180; 305-919-5754

    Also, as you continue your journey through the exploratory path, remember Career Services is available to help you choose a major. They also offer information on internships, have workshops on interviewing skills, and can critique your resume. Career Services is sure to help you become a competent young professional!

    Career Services (MMC)

    SASC 305; 305-348-2423

    Career Services (BBC)

    WUC 255; 305-919-5770

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