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Blog 14

March 26th, 2012

Registration Time!

Listen up everyone! Spring is finally here and that means fall registration is literally days away.

Are you still undecided on declaring a major? Are you struggling to see the “bigger picture” and can’t quite grasp exactly what you’d like to be doing when you attain your degree? Perhaps you are in a particular major and feel that it may not the right fit for you. If you can relate to any of these situations, the Career Center would like to help!

We have several resources that may assist and benefit you when deciding a major and/or trying to focus on your career goals. The Career Center has self-assessment resources on paper and also via the internet that will help you identify which major and career might best fit your personality, characteristics, traits, and much more. For example, a program that we present to a lot of first- and second-year undecided students is FOCUS. This program allows our students to login and take some self-assessment tests. After you are done, it will assess your answers and you can explore the many possibilities of majors and careers that might suit you best. Of course, you may not feel that the FOCUS program has “hit the nail on the head,” so what we suggest is making an appointment to talk with a counselor about your results after taking the self-assessments. Our career counselors will look over your results with you and then listen to what you have to say and how you feel about the results. From there, a discussion can form about some options that are available to you.

Another great resource we have at the Career Center is a whole wall full of academic fact sheets for all majors in each college at UMaine. This may better help guide your decision making because each sheet lists the core academic requirements for the particular major. Let’s say, for example, that you may be interested in Nursing—you know you love working with people,  you want to do something that makes you feel good at the end of the day, and you are also looking for a decent income when you get into the real world. Then, you come into the Career Center and pull out the Nursing academic fact sheet and realize that there are a lot of sciences that you will have to take in order to obtain this degree (sciences may not be your strongest area). Whatever you do, don’t make a hasty decision! It is always best to think things out and talk with others; the people who know you best (parents, friends, a professor you feel close to) and an outside source (a professor you might not know from the Nursing school, someone who is knowledgable in the field and know what it takes to attain your goals and/or career counselor at UMaine). This will help you in making the decision that is right for you!

The last thing we want our students to feel is stress—we understand that you already have a lot on your plate with current classes and any co-curricular activities you may participate in (work, a band, parenting, sports, etc.). Registration should be an exciting time for students; it is a time when you should feel liberated in your decisions about your schooling and your future. We want to help you in any way we can with those decisions, so please stop by the Career Center or give us a call to make an appointment at 581-1359. Our office hours are 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

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