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Career Planning Courses
• Career Counseling: Free one-on-one sessions • UNIV 1150: Your Major. Your Career. Learning Community
• Interest and Personality Assessments (freshmen only)
• Resource Library: Major and career information
• Workshops and Events

Job/Internship Search Prep Job/Internship Search -

• Career Coaching: Free one-on-one sessions • Tiger Recruiting Link (TRL): job/internship listings, career
• Résumé and Cover Letter Reviews expos and on-campus interviews
• Interview Practice • CareerShift: Comprehensive job search and networking site
• Resource Library: Job Search Guides • GoinGlobal: Information on working abroad or in other U.S.
• Workshops and Events cities
• InterviewStream: Online interview practice

Digital Career Center Special Programs

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• Job Search Resources:
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Freshman Year

Junior Year

For specific information about

progression within your major,
The career planning process takes time and small steps can be taken throughout
your college education to research your options, develop your skills, build your
résumé, and make connections with potential employers. There is no need to
worry if you haven't completed each recommended step during the suggested
year. Evaluate where you are in your own career planning process and take action
now to prepare yourself for the job search.

Sophomore Year

Senior Year

Key Words

areers are more than simply jobs and learning who you are. These elements will help you
paychecks; they are part of our identity. We in narrowing down and identifying potential career
introduce and define ourselves by titles and fields that may be a good fit for you and who you
careers and often dedicate our lives to a single career want to be.
field or industry. This is something you will dedicate This section will introduce a variety of
40-60+ hours per week and 2,080-3,120 hours per assessments and tools to learn more about your
year to for the foreseeable future. Wouldn’t you like interests, personality, skills, and values. Take time to
to enjoy that time? really think about these aspects of yourself, and it
In addition to exploring careers and majors, will be much easier to envision career options that fit
it is just as important that you put thought and you. Even after making this decision, these elements
energy into exploring who you are. So often we of who you are will be useful when evaluating job/
are shortsighted in thinking only one dynamic is internship opportunities, employers, and even places
important (money), but in fact, that is only one to live after graduation.
element of your values you should be considering. Be
thinking of what you enjoy learning, how you operate, Addye Buckley-Burnell, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
what you value, and what your skillset is when Assistant Director of Career Development 

When deciding a major and career path, it is important to take stock of who you are, what you do well,
your likes and dislikes, what you want to do in your future career, and the things you value in your life. Thinking
about your personality, skills, interests, and values is as easy as taking a little time to reflect on your unique
experiences. This self-assessment process will enable you to more effectively target potential career fields that
interest you and help you make a wise decision as you move forward with your career plan.

Sarah M., a communication major, had a great eye

for details and enjoyed working independently on
projects. Always the compassionate type, Sarah thrived
on helping others in her own quiet way and could
quickly persuade her peers to join her mission. She
was skilled in listening closely and developing written
communications. Following self–assessment, Sarah
decided to look into careers as a grant writer for a
non–profit organization or a research specialist for a
congressional office.

• I dentify your strengths and • B e able to communicate specific

preferred way of doing things. information about yourself and
your career goals to employers.

• M ake informed decisions about the • P ursue job openings that will be a
type of job you want. great fit for you.

your preferred way of doing things things you enjoy doing or that appeal to you

Answer the following questions by selecting the option that is Rank the following areas of occupational interest (developed
your most natural and preferred behavior. by psychologist John Holland) from 1 (most describes your
interests) to 6 (least describes your interest).

Do you gain energy from... REALISTIC The Doers:

oo the external world of people, action, & things? Enjoy practical & physical;
prefer action to discussion;
oo the internal world of concepts & ideas? works with hands.


Enjoy gathering
Do you gather information… information & performing

oo in a concrete manner, with facts & details? analysis; appreciates

intellectual activities

oo in& patterns?
an abstract manner, with concepts, meaning,
ARTISTIC The Creators:
Enjoy self-expression &
aesthetics; prefer less
structured environments
Are your decisions guided by…
SOCIAL The Helpers:
oo logic & objective analysis? Enjoy working with people
in a helping role such
oo personal, social, & subjective values? as teaching, training &

ENTERPRISING The Persuaders:

When conducting your life, do you prefer… Enjoy working with people
oo order, closure, & structure? in an influencing role;
prefer to lead
oo flexibility,
openness, & a free flow of
CONVENTIONAL The Organizers:
Enjoy details & accuracy;
prefer structured

my type my interests

After completing the exercises above, begin looking for patterns and themes in your responses. These patterns are
clues to the types of industries, work environments, and job duties that you might find fulfilling and find success.
Think about how your personality, skills, interests and values can work together to make you a valuable employee
and imagine your ideal work setting and employer based on this information.
your abilities and areas of strength principles and beliefs you find important

Think about 8-10 skills or areas of strength that you possess Rank the following list of values in order of importance to you.
using the sample list as an example. Place a star by the ones Use the blank spaces to add other values beyond those included
that will be beneficial in your field of interest. Add additional in the list.
skills that will be beneficial & need more attention to develop.

serving others creativity stability

managing others’ work variety risk-taking

fixing broken equipment recognition independence

creating a work of art relationships financial comfort

influencing others to agree with you influencing others challenges

managing a database of information work location honesty

communicating clearly with others travel competition

balancing competing priorities flexibility support

Need more help? Come to walk-ins to discuss self–assessment in more detail. The Career Center offers several
assessments to help you with this process and counselors are available to help you synthesize the information gained.

Key Words
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Job Shadowing
Informational Interview

iscovering new career opportunities can be decision and connect you with the resources needed
exciting but is an ongoing process that may to choose a path that is right for you. This section
take some time. Some students will have a will show you how to research occupations based on
major they want to pursue and need help exploring assessment results, major, or industry, and prepare
careers for which the major will prepare them. A you to learn additional insight through job shadowing,
college major will not always dictate a career path and informational interviewing, and related experience.
there are many options from which to choose. Others
will want to find a career interest and choose a major Addye Buckley-Burnell, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
that will help them achieve that goal. Either way, the Assistant Director of Career Development 
Career Center is here to help you make an informed

Pathways serve as progression models for Auburn students to better understand curricular advancement and
experiential opportunities during their time at Auburn University. Pathways guide you through four dimensions:
Course Selection, Asking for Assistance, Gaining Experience, and Getting Involved. The information is further
broken apart by year. In addition to showing progression within your academic years, Pathways provides
introductory advice about career planning and exploration.


College of Agriculture College of Education College of Human Sciences
Agricultural Business and Agriscience Education* Apparel Merchandising, Design,
Economics Business and Marketing Education and Production Management
Agricultural Communications Chemistry Education øø Apparel Merchandising
Agronomy and Soils Early Childhood Education øø Apparel Design & Production
øø Business Elementary Education Management
øø Production English Language Arts Education/ øø Consumer and Design Sciences
øø Science English Global Studies in Human Sciences
øø Turf Management Exercise Science Hotel and Restaurant Management
Animal Sciences Fitness, Conditioning, and Human Development and Family
øø Equine Science Performance Studies
øø Muscle Foods Foreign Language Education øø Infancy and Preschool
øø Pre-Veterinary øø French Education øø Child Life
øø Production Management øø German Education øø Middle Childhood/Adolescence
Biosystems Engineering øø Spanish Education øø Adult Programs
øø Ecological Engineering General Science Education/Biology øø Gerontology
øø Forest Engineering General Social Science Education/ øø Family Programming and
Environmental Science History Research
Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures Geography Education øø Public Policy/Legislation
øø Pre-Professional Mathematics Education øø Duel Objective Program with Early
Horticulture Music Education/Instrumental and Childhood Education
øø Fruit and Vegetable Production Vocal Interior Design
øø Landscape Horticulture Physical Activity and Health Nutrition and Food Science
øø Nursery and Greenhouse Science Physical Education/Teacher øø Nutrition/Dietetics
øø Pre-Landscape Architecture Education øø Nutrition Science
Poultry Science Physics Education øø Nutrition/Wellness
øø Food Science Rehabilitation and Disability
øø Poultry Processing and Products Studies School of Forestry and
øø Poultry Production Special Education Wildlife Science
øø Pre-Veterinary Medicine øø Early Childhood Special Education Natural Resources Management
øø Collaborative Teacher Education Professional Forestry
øø Forestry Engineering
Raymond J. Harbert College of College of Architecture, Design, Wildlife Ecology and Management
Business and Construction Wildlife Sciences
Accountancy Architecture øø Pre-Veterinary
Aviation Management øø Interior Architecture
Business Administration Building Science School of Nursing
Business Analytics Environmental Design Nursing
Entrepreneurship and Family øø Pre-Landscape Architecture
Business Graphic Design
Finance Industrial Design University College
Human Resources Management Interdisciplinary Studies
Information Systems Management Exploratory Major
International Business
Professional Flight Management
Supply Chain Management

College of Liberal Arts College of Sciences Samuel Ginn College
Anthropology and Mathematics of Engineering
Art Biochemistry Aerospace Engineering
øø Studio/Fine Arts Biomedical Sciences Biosystems Engineering*
Art History Chemistry øø Ecological Engineering
Communication Geography øø Forest Engineering
Communication Disorders Geology Chemical Engineering
Economics Laboratory Sciences Civil Engineering
øø Primary Marine Biology Computer Science
øø Quantitative Mathematics Electrical Engineering
English øø Applied Mathematics øø Computer Engineering
øø Creative Writing øø Applied Discrete Mathematics Industrial and Systems Engineering
øø Professional and Public Writing øø Actuarial Science Materials Engineering*
øø Literature Medical Laboratory Sciences Mechanical Engineering
French Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Software Engineering
French International Trade Biology Wireless Engineering
German øø Microbiology øø Hardware
German International Trade øø Cell and Molecular Biology øø Software
Health Services Administration Organismal Biology
History øø Conservation and Biodiversity
Journalism øø Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior *-Interdisciplinary Program
Media Studies øø Integrative Biology
øø Visual Media øø Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Music Physics
Music Performance Pre-Professional Programs (not
øø Instrumental majors)
øø Piano øø Pre-Dentistry
øø Voice øø Pre-Medicine
Philosophy øø Pre-Optometry Identify three majors for further study
øø Religious Studies øø Pre-Physical Therapy
Political Science øø Pre-Pharmacy
Psychology øø Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Public Administration
Public Relations
Spanish International Trade
Social Work
øø Design/Technology
øø Management
øø Music Theatre
øø Performance

Auburn University offers more than 140 academic majors! That's

quite a few to sift through. Luckily for you the university provides
The Bulletin. It is an easy to use record of every major and a
projected plan of study for each of them. The Bulletin can be easily
found by going to
Exploring the opportunities years in classwork for a career opportunities are available as well.
associated with your particular lasting 40-50 years. If all you look Speak with a career counselor in
major is essential in ensuring at is which elective you will be the Career Center to get you going
that you have made a solid and able to take senior year, you have on the right track, reach out to a
informed selection. Though looking done a disservice to yourself. You favorite faculty member in your
in The Bulletin to make sure the will likely also want to look at field to get an insider's perspective,
coursework for your particular the various career opportunities and/or ask a family friend that has
major is something that you would associated with that particular a job similar to what you want to
enjoy is a good start, that is by no pathway. do to see if it really is as grand as it
means the end of your research seems from the outside.
and exploration.  Today, this is not a difficult
process. In the age of Google,  Choosing a major is really
 This concept inherently there are unlimited amounts just the start, from there the
makes sense. Choosing a major of information available to possibilities are numerous.
based solely on coursework is not you with carefully selected
wise. You will be spending 4-5 searches. Traditional exploration

Option 1: Option 2: Option 3:

business public relations media
øø Sales øø Corporate Public Affairs øø Writing
øø Customer Service øø Development øø Publishing
øø Corporate Communication øø Event Coordination øø Media Sales

Option 4: Option 5: Option 6:

non-profit government higher education
øø Grant Writing øø Community Affairs øø Student Affairs
øø Volunteer Coordination øø Legislative Assistance øø University Communications
øø Management øø Conflict Negotiation øø Development

Source: What Can I Do With a Major In...? Career Center website:

Researching your field is not as hard as you might think. The Now that you have the research phase under your belt it is
internet and a bevy of on-campus resources make what once time to start exploring. Think of research as discovering the
was a cumbersome task into a breeze. Here are a few of our possibilities and the exploration as trying them out. Just like
favorite resources for making that research seem not so bad. researching there are many opportunities to try things out.

Auburn University Course Bulletin Part-Time Job
Lists every major and minor the university provides and Not only a great way to gain some extra spending money
the coursework associated with it. Remember coursework but, if related, also a great way to try out a field and see if
is not the only thing you want to consider, but consider it it is a good fit for you.
you should.
Job Shadowing
Occupational Outlook Handbook 303 Martin Hall Want to know what you could be doing as a doctor,
Great resource for looking at employment projections; engineer, veterinarian, accountant, etc.? What better
objective information regarding tasks on the job, training way than to see what one of those professions do?
and education required, and links to on-point outside Schedule a job shadowing experience to see firsthand how
resources. professionals in your field of interest work day-to-day.

O*Net Informational Interview 303 Martin Hall
Allows you to search by interest area, work activities, and Does job shadowing sound a little intimidating? Well
education required for a variety of positions. This resource maybe you should try an informational interview. This is
has very in-depth information about occupations. your chance to ask that professional all the questions you
have not been able to discover in your research and get
What Can I Do With a Major In?(WCIDWAMI) the inside scoop.
This resource shows you almost every major that Auburn Internship/Co-op
has to offer, and lays out multiple paths you could go down
professionally based upon that particular major selection. Likely the best way to explore without committing to a full
time position. These opportunities really allow you to see
Candid Career firsthand what a field can be like and the kind of work with
which you can look forward to being involved.
Use this resource to view video informational interviews.

“Has it happened yet? Have you been asked THE QUESTION? You know
the one; it’s the question that cuts to the core of your existence, the
question that haunts you pretty much from the time you decide to be
a college student to months, even years, after you graduate. It starts so
innocently. Someone asks what your major is, so you tell them.
There’s a slight pause. Then comes THE QUESTION:
‘What are you going to do with that?’”
— You Majored in What? by Katherine Brooks

Career Pathing Job Shadowing Informational Interview
Exploring your options is not Job shadowing is often only The informational interview is
just limited to the traditional discussed amongst the Pre-Health likely one of the most undervalued
methods. Let's take a look at Katie students. Rightly so, it is difficult resources for learning and
B., a savvy student who turned to obtain a Medical/Therapy/ developing an understanding of
her LinkedIn account into an Dental school interview without a career field. This is an excellent
exploration and job attainment having significant shadowing opportunity to speak with
tool. experience, so start early. However, someone who is in the area of
Katie was a Human job shadowing is not just for those interest that you are considering.
Development and Family Studies individuals. Job shadowing is for Reading about your field, doing
major. Katie did not want to go all. research online, and meeting with
down the popular HDFS pathway A good job shadowing a career counselor are all great
of counseling, but really liked the experience will allow you to steps, but at a certain point, you
coursework that her major was observe and experience firsthand must begin to see how a position
exposing her to and did not want what it is like to be a professional may be in the real world. Things to
to change. Having recently joined in any given field. Job shadowing try out:
LinkedIn, Katie wanted to see what can help you to gain a lot of øø The Career Center can help
people with HDFS degrees were firsthand knowledge in a relatively facilitate an informational
doing. quick amount of time. It is better interview for you. Drop by 303
After searching Human to find out freshman year that Mary Martin Hall to find out
Development and Family Studies, accounting isn't for you because more.
she was able to connect with of one shadowing experience, øø Try asking: What do you like
someone in Human Resources. than to find out after your senior most about your job? What do
After the initial connection, internship. As with informational you like least about your job?
Katie and her contact set up an interviewing the Career Center What is one thing you wish
informational interview to learn is happy to help facilitate your you would have known going
more. job shadow experience. Come by into your field? How did you
Katie identified that HR was 303 Mary Martin Hall for more get here? What would you
something she would be interested information. have done differently?
in doing, and her degree would øø Too nervous to start with an
be complementary. She was able informational interview right
to obtain a related internship and out of the gate? Try Candid
a part-time job in the community Career (
related to the field. students). This resource
With the assistance of her provides short, concise
initial LinkedIn connection and interviews with professionals
their network, Katie was able to in a variety of fields. Watch
secure gainful employment in one or two in between class or
Human Resources and still use the marathon several on a slow
HDFS degree that she enjoyed so weekend.

Fall Spring
øø Explored options øø Started looking for summer part–time
øø Joined campus organizations work
øø Acclimated to campus and rigors øø Lined up job shadows for summer
øø Met with a career counselor to discuss øø Brought résumé to Career Center
øø Job shadowed several different industry individuals
øø Worked in part–time position

Fall Spring
øø Carried over summer job to fall øø Confirmed major selection
øø Developed time management skills øø Secured early internship for summer
øø Studied abroad
øø Interned

Fall Spring
øø Updated résumé øø Carried over part–time job
øø Attended Career Expo for networking øø Secured leadership position within
øø Started expanding professional organization
wardrobe øø Attended Career Expo for additional
øø Began major courses networking
øø Expanded role for part–time position
øø Cultivated networking relationships leading into
senior year

Fall Spring
øø Attended Career Expo to secure full– øø Negotiated position offer
time job øø Secured housing for future
øø Completed graduation check with employment
academic advisor øø Graduated

Scott T.: Finance Major, Spanish minor

Starting college can be a very confusing time for any student. You will begin hearing terminology that you
may have never experienced. Here is a cheat sheet to help you navigate these common phrases:

Academic Advisor: This person will GPA Calculation: To calculate a GPA, Degree Types
be assigned to you and will help for each course taken, you must Bachelor’s Degree: This is the
with course selection, review the multiply the grade received by the undergraduate degree offered by four-
course requirements in the major number of credit hours attempted for year colleges and universities. The
you have selected, and assist you the course (A=4, B=3, etc.). Add the minimum credit hour requirement
with any academic concerns you may totals for each class together then for a Bachelor's Degree is 120 hours.
encounter. divide by the total number of credit Common degree titles include
Career Counselor: The person who hours. Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor
helps you explore career/major Major: Primary area of study for of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Civil
options and advises you on how to your undergraduate degree and the Engineering, etc..
prepare in order to be successful in background for the career you plan to Master’s Degree: A graduate degree
your chosen career field. pursue after graduation (for example: that usually requires two or more
Curriculum: The classes prescribed business, chemistry, anthropology, years of study beyond the bachelor’s.
or outlined by an institution for psychology). Common degree titles include Master
completion of a program of study, Minor: Secondary area of study of Science (MS), Master of Arts (MA),
including core curriculum, leading to a with fewer classes than are required Master of Education (MEd), Master of
degree. for a major. Many minors are a Business Administration (MBA), etc..
Core Curriculum: Coursework specialization of a major field. For Juris Doctorate (JD): To practice
that students must take that example, students who want to law, one must first complete a
are not major specific with the become a reporter for a scientific bachelor’s degree before continuing
intention of broadening knowledge publication might major in journalism their education in a Juris Doctorate
in a variety of subjects including and minor in biology. program and taking the Bar Exam.
English composition, social University: A university is composed These programs take about 3 years to
sciences, humanities, and science & of undergraduate, graduate, and complete.
mathematics. Total of 41-42 credit professional colleges and offers Doctoral Degree: This advanced
hours at Auburn University. degrees in each. degree that can be obtained in 4-5
Degree Requirements: A specific list College or School: The term used to years typically and may be entered
of required courses and electives designate the organizational units of into after completing a bachelor’s
to be completed for a degree and a university such as the College of or a master’s degree depending on
may also include required GPA, pre- Education, College of Engineering, or the program and qualifications of
requisite coursework, and/or minor School of Nursing. applicant. Common degree titles
areas of study. Academic Departments: A division include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),
Credit Hour: The weight of each of a college or school with faculty Doctor of Education (EdD), or Doctor
course or number of hours each devoted to a particular academic of Psychology (PsyD), etc..
course will meet in one week discipline such as the Department of Medical Degree: This advanced
Grade Point Average (GPA): The Psychology or Department of Finance. degree program is needed to practice
average of all of the course grades you as a physician or a surgeon and can
have received, on a four-point scale. be started after obtaining a bachelor’s
degree. Completing a medical degree
will earn you the title of Doctor of
Medicine (MD).

oo Meet with a career counselor to discuss career plans and goals
come to walk-in hours*

oo Complete the TypeFocus assessment to gain personal insight into career direction | access code: au7788

oo Explore “What Can I Do With a Major In...” resource

oo View Candid Career Video informational interviews

oo Visit to explore internship and part-time job opportunities

oo Shadow or interview a professional in your career field of interest
oo Join at least one social/service club and one professional/leadership organization

oo Create a new résumé
*To schedule an appointment in an accessible location, please call.
Auburn University is an equal opportunity educational institution/employer.

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