Exploring at Viterbo
Are you unsure of a major and future career? Students who begin their college career “exploring” end up in a variety of different majors. Students often think that choosing a major is the same thing as choosing a career. Although these two choices are related, choosing one doesn’t automatically mean you’ve chosen the other. Students often think that choosing a major is the same thing as choosing a career. Although these two choices are related, choosing one doesn't automatically mean you've chosen the other.
Students graduating from any one major could be employed in many different jobs; likewise, people who are employed in any one job could have graduated with many different majors. Choosing a major doesn't limit you to just one career and choosing a career doesn't limit you to just one major.
Don't worry, you're not alone.
National research indicates up to 80% of students enrolling in college are unsure of their major and up to 50% of students change their major at least once before graduation.
Viterbo places an emphasis on the development of general, transferable skills (e.g., writing, speaking, critical thinking, computer literacy, problem solving, team building) that employers want and that graduates will need in order to adjust to rapidly changing careers. Using a variety of resources, the faculty and staff at Viterbo University will do their best to help you discover the major and career field that is right for you.
- One-on-one advising from a staff member who understands the needs of undeclared students
- A two-credit class specifically designed to help students discover their interests, abilities, and values
- Access to resources such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Strengths Quest, Kuder Career Search, Type Focus, and career library
- Universal skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, writing, and speaking are an important part of the Viterbo curriculum.
“Career services helped me immensely with my decision process through aptitude tests and individual appointments that helped me determine what my strengths and weaknesses were. Everyone at Viterbo career services, my advisor, and my professors were extremely patient during my decision process. I’m glad I didn’t rush into making a decision because it let me try a variety of studies until I found my passion—marketing. Viterbo really provides an intimate and individualized experience. Sometimes I felt I was receiving some sort of special treatment, when in reality that’s how every student is treated at Viterbo.”