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

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Your major is important, but you are much more than just your major! Once you start seeking a post-grad job, employers will look at your extracurricular activities, your experience related to your career interests, and much 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. [Note this does not tell us the longer term career path that each graduate takes!] Results are published in the Post-Graduation Report, which includes the following, shown by undergrad major:

  • 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 housed 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, and people will be better able and willing to assist you, if you do your research first.
Advising in the university:

Working world information sources:

  • Virginia Tech LinkedIn site to explore alumni by careers
  • More about using LinkedIn.
  • Arrange informational interviews  with people you know to learn about their career paths and fields.
  • Job fairs and career fairs
    Note the purpose and sponsor of each event. Some focus on certain career fields. Note that the employment world is not organized by major!
    Do your homework before going. Read each event website to see who's attending and the types of jobs they offer; employers are impressed by students who show up prepared. Then go to learn more first-hand from employers about internships and entry-level career options.