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Step 3 - Narrowing Choices

By now you have lots of information about yourself and the majors UMM offers. It’s time to narrow down possible majors by finding out more about each major in depth and how it can be used in various career paths.
  1. Conduct interviews in the field you are considering. Talking to people in these areas as you can will give you some insight into what major they have, what helped them decide to go into this field, and what it takes to be successful.

    Get started by deciding who can provide you with the information that will be helpful to you. Your adviser, faculty members and the Advising and Career Center staff can also make suggestions on who you can interview. Be prepared and professional in the interview. Here are some same questions to help you get started, but you can also add your own and be sure to take notes.

    TAKE ACTION: Complete interviews in as many areas as you are considering majors. Keep it as part of your personal journal and/or use in consultation with your adviser

  2. Job Shadowing is a great way to see first hand what the day to day realities are for many professions. Some pre-professional programs even require job shadowing before you apply.

    TAKE ACTION: Talk to your adviser, the Career Center staff, or Alumni Relations about talking to or job shadowing with alumni or professionals in the field. Keep a daily record of your activities and impressions about the experience. Keep this in your personal journal and/or use in consultation with your adviser.

    Job Shadow Experience

  3. Consider salary expectations. Beginning salary ranges vary greatly. What are your expectations and needs?

    Check out the U.S. Department of Labor salary information site or the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook for specific information on occupations, salary expectations and educational requirements for each type of job.

    TAKE ACTION: Investigate and record entry level salaries for each profession here. Are these compatible with your lifestyle expectations? Does experience or an advanced degree make a difference?

    Salary Expectations