You might be at the crossroads of deciding on a major and future career path. Explore the different resources and referrals highlighted below to help you to successfully navigate your academic and career path during your second year. Begin by reviewing the Sophomore Career Readiness Guide.
+ SUPPORT & WELLNESS
- Career Counseling provides students the opportunity to discuss career, academic, and personal/social concerns.
- Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling as well as crisis services available 24/7.
- Student Health & Well-Being provides self-care resources and programs (like meditation) to help you stay balanced.
- Learning Center offers academic help at no cost to students through The Writing Center, Tiger Tutors and Study Plan Consultants.
- Office for Financial Success provides free consultations about financial matters such as loans, credit cards, credit scores, budgeting, saving, debt management and more.
- Tiger Pantry allows students to receive non-perishable food and household items monthly as well as eggs, produce, and bread each week.
- Truman’s Closet enables MU students to borrow business attire in an array of sizes free of charge.
+ DECLARE A MAJOR & EXPLORE CAREERS
- Work with your academic advisor to declare your major.
- Search the What Can I Do With This Major? site to discover possible career options with your declared major.
- Thinking about changing your major? Connect with the MU Career Center to discuss your interests, major options and MU degree programs.
- Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations and majors that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.
- Research MU majors, minors, and certificates by visiting Majors@Mizzou.
- Arrange an informational interview, learning about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you, as well as asking a professional about his/her career path and occupation.
- Watch Candid Career videos to get honest career information and insight from professionals in hundreds of occupations.
- Take a 1-credit hour Career Explorations course which is intended for those exploring majors and those unsure what to do with a major. Multiple sections are offered to students in any major at any point in their journey of self-exploration and career “decidedness.”
+ STAY INVOLVED & GAIN EXPERIENCE
- Deepen your involvement with student organizations and join clubs related to your chosen major or career field.
- Participate in campus events and attend academic activities to explore your interests and expand your knowledge.
- Volunteer for one-time or ongoing service opportunities and consider enrolling in a service-learning course or program.
- Pursue research opportunities with faculty members.
- Find ways to leverage your CliftonStrengths in and out of the classroom.
- Look into studying abroad which is available online, in person and for short and long-term programs.
- Attend a career fair to chat with employers about employment opportunities.
+ BECOME CAREER READY
- Update your Handshake account, research employers based on your career interests and apply for part time-jobs and for internships.
- We recommend you update your resume highlighting your strengths, skills, college involvement and academic background.
- Be prepared to draft cover letters and other employer communications.
- Assess how you are progressing with your career readiness.
- Build your interview skills by watching interview playbook videos and answering practice questions using Big Interview.
- Learn about networking and create a LinkedIn profile to make new contacts. Visit MangoConnect, a free tool that coaches you through how to craft your first networking messages.
- Stay connected with a mentor (through the MU Alumni Association’s Mizzou Mentoring Program or connections with upperclassmen, faculty and staff).
- Discover your home career office and participate in professional development workshops sponsored by career services and employers.