I’m concerned that my student does not know what he or she wants to do for a career – where can he or she get assistance? Or what if they decide to change majors? | Parents & Families | Kent State University

I’m concerned that my student does not know what he or she wants to do for a career – where can he or she get assistance? Or what if they decide to change majors?

It’s normal for students not to know what they want to do upon graduation or even selecting a major when they apply. While some students may have clear ideas about their selection of a major, that may change as they are exposed to new areas of study and more clearly understand the world of work and their own skills and abilities. Career Exploration and Development, located in the Schwartz Center, can help your student identify their skills, abilities, interests and personality characteristics, values, and see how those relate to the selection of a major and ultimately a career decision. Your student should also talk to his or her academic advisor and professors about specific areas of interest and academic majors and career opportunities.

Many offices and academic departments offer internship or extern opportunities that can assist a student in gaining exposure and experience in a variety of career fields. University Advising also offers information on how to change a major or add a minor.