Exploring Interests and Majors

Assessments

Career Crossings offers a range of formal and informal assessments to help you learn more about your interests, values, strengths, and skills. This information can help you in making informed choices about your major and career paths. We offer access to the following formal assessments:

  • PathwayU: Learn more about your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences and how they align with majors, jobs, and careers

  • CliftonStrengths: Based on positive psychology, this assessment helps you learn about your top five talents and how to develop them into strengths while in college and beyond

  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator): Learn about your preferences and how they impact your decision making, communication, leadership, and how you engage with the world

Our office also offers other values, skills, and interests assessments. To get started, make an appointment with one of our career counselors.

Choosing Majors

Saint Mary’s has over 50 academic programs to choose from. The possible combinations of majors, concentrations, and minors is endless! 

Talk with Career Crossings about your interests and how they relate to academic majors. Connect with the academic departments of the majors you are interested in. Learn more about the courses, alumnae paths, and speak with juniors and seniors in the majors. Consider taking introductory courses within the majors.

After exploring options, contact your academic advisor or the Academic Advising Office. They can help you create your plan of study, determine the courses you need to take, and ensure you are on track to declare your majors and minors. Not sure who your advisor is? Contact the Academic Advising Office to get started!

Exploring Careers 

Want to know more about the everyday life of the jobs and careers you are considering? It is important to know what education, experience, skills, salaries, and job outlook of your fields of interest. We recommend these online resources to learn more about occupations:

Conduct informational interviews and job shadowing with professionals in the field. Use the Alumnae Resource Network to source 8,000+ contacts to reach out to. Talk with faculty and inquire about the paths of alumnae in their majors. Attend alumnae panels hosted by Career Crossings and academic departments. Volunteer and participate in internships to gain hands-on experience and skills.

These are just a few of the ways to learn about careers! All of these activities will help you further discern and make decisions about your own path and lead to stronger career satisfaction and success.