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Career Exploration and Choosing a Major

Finding a career path doesn't just happen. Whether students have ideas for their career path or are uncertain, simple steps and interesting tools can help them make sense of the many career and life options available.


The center can help students determine education and occupational interests, skills and values to equip them to set personal goals and plan for future employment or other meaningful work.

The center also can arrange for students to shadow or just talk with professionals in careers of interest, or help students find part-time or summer jobs or internships gain experience in those fields.


Kuder Journey Program
To see how a student's interests, skills or values might fit into the world of work, the center offers the Kuder Journey Program online. For an access code, just call 605-626-2371 or stop by the center for a brief appointment.


Choosing a major

What might an NSU student most enjoy studying? Join The Party was developed by John Bolles, author of books on career decisions. Follow the instructions below and see if this is a helpful starting point! For more information, contact us.
Picture yourself entering a party. The room is full of six general groups of people. Choose which of these groups you would most like to join for conversation first, second, and third. Then, click on the links of your choices to learn about careers, majors, and activities that students with these interests often pursue.
Realistic: People with athletic or mechanical ability who prefer to work with objects, tools, machines, animals, or plants, or to be outdoors
Investigative: People who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems
Artistic: People with artistic, innovative or intuitional abilities who like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.
Social: People who like to work with other people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, and/or who are skilled with words
Enterprising: People who like to work with other people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain
Conventional: People with clerical and/or numerical ability who like to work with data, carry out tasks in detail and/or follow through on others' instructions