Discovering more about yourself can help with the discovery of a future major.
A good place to start on the path to self-discovery is to determine if you can clearly define and describe your interests, skills, and values. These three components, and how they intersect, will play an important role in connecting you with possible majors.
To engage in the process of self-discovery, attend some of our Explore Center workshops and/or visit with a Career Counselor in Career Services. Also, check out the resources on the left-side of the page.
Career Services offers several opportunities for self-discovery through interests and skills inventories.
- Campbell Interest and Skill Inventory ($10 fee; visit Career Services)
- Strong Interest Inventory ($10 fee; visit Career Services)
- FREE Career Cruising Exploration Assessments including Matchmaker, Ability Profiler, and Learning Styles Inventory. (Career Cruising is provided by the UNL Parents Association; please call Career Services at 472-3145 for the username and password).
- FREE O*Net "Skills Search"
- FREE Career One Stop
Your values generally center around what is most important to you in life. Values could include things like family, security, autonomy, service, income, status, creativity, influence, adventure, helping, friendship, and power. Not only is it important to identify your values, but to also consider whether or not they may align with a certain career path.
To learn more about your values, complete the following activity:
- Divide a sheet of paper into 16 boxes. Brainstorm the things you value and write down one value in each box.
- Determine which 8 values are least important to you and cross them out.
- Consider the remaining 8 values- which 4 values resonate most with you?