Major and career exploration
Major and career decisions are achieved through ongoing experience and reflection. Understanding yourself, your interests, values, skills and personality style will help you tremendously in your career search. We offer two assessments, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory, to students free of charge. In addition to individual assistance, the following resources are available.
Majors and careers
Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
First, learn about theand how Hamline Plan classes align with skills expected of graduates in the workplace.
Then, find your major to learn how your classes are building your Career Ready Competencies, get suggestions for how to expand your skills outside the classroom, and see what future career pathways you could pursue.
Use the Career Readiness reflection sheet (make a copy and save to your Google Drive) to showcase how your courses, jobs/internships, and other experiences are helping you become career-ready.
Major Exploration Week 2021 occurred from October 11–14, 2021. The dates for Fall 2022 Major Exploration Week are forthcoming.
Resources for faculty and students regarding major exploration:
- Major exploration on Google Drive: Look through folders, arranged by major, that include helpful resources about major requirements, majors & careers, and handouts from academic departments.
- Major websites: Explore these pages to learn about classes, read about professors in each department, and find out what the majors are all about.
Career and personality assessments
The Career Development Center (CDC) offers two assessments to help students discover where their interests overlap with their strengths in the context of majors and career fields. At no extra cost, students can take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and/or the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) assessments.
Through a series of questions, the MBTI assessment helps you identify your natural preferences in four areas of personality:
- How do you direct and receive energy: By focusing on the outside world, interacting with people, and taking action; or by focusing on your inner world and reflecting on ideas, memories, and experiences?
- How do you take in information: By focusing on what you perceive using your five senses or by seeing the big picture and looking for relationships and patterns?
- How do you decide and come to conclusions: By logically analyzing the situation or by considering what’s important to the people involved?
- How do you approach the outside world: In a planned, orderly way or a more flexible, spontaneous way?
Your natural preferences in these four areas sort you into one of 16 distinct MBTI personality types. Understanding these types gives you objective insight that you can use to enhance your professional and personal relationships, as well as your direction, focus, and choices.
The Strong assessment supports:
- Choosing a college major selection: The Strong assessment helps students uncover their career interests and identify which areas of study are appropriate or required for a particular field. Students become more engaged because they are focused on classes relevant to their goals.
- Career exploration: By identifying personal interests and how these relate to different occupations, the Strong assessment opens up the world of work to first-time career seekers and people considering a career transition.
- Career development: The Strong assessment heightens people's self awareness and provides deeper understanding of individual strengths and blind spots, including work style and orientation to risk taking.
- Employee engagement: The Strong assessment helps employees align their interests with areas of responsibility in their job, or in other jobs within your organization where those interests can be applied.
- Reintegration: The Strong assessment helps individuals re-enter the workplace after a period of disconnection or absence.