Explore Self, Careers and Majors

Choosing a major: What can I do with my major?

Your major matters, but you are much more than just your major!

  • When you seek a post-grad job, employers will look at your extracurricular activities, your experience related to your career interests, and more. 
  • Major alone won't get you hired. 
  • The sum-total of your experience, in and out of the classroom, will help determine your opportunities. 
  • Keep the big picture in mind as you explore majors:

We ask all new VT grads to tell us their first destination after the undergraduate degree. [This does not tell us the longer term career path that each graduate takes!]

What can I do with this major?
CPD has purchased this resource for use by VT students, to be accessed from the CPD website (so if you try to bookmark the web address, that won't give you access).

Learn about career areas and employers that hire people with each major, and strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

  • Pre-Education Advising Program
    Advising for undergraduate students who wish to pursue teaching or school counseling. Includes undergraduate majors and graduate-level teacher education programs for various teaching subjects, and teaching licensure information. Most teaching licensure requires graduate education after the bachelor's degree.
  • Health Professions Advising (HPA) is located in Career and Professional Development and provides detailed information and support on  undergraduate coursework and other preparation for many health professions that require education beyond the bachelor's degree.

Of course no one else can make decisions for you, but they can offer you valuable advice and perspective so that your decisions are based on more complete information. You'll formulate the best questions with some advance research.
Advising in the university:

Working world information sources: