College is a time of exploration! As a student in the liberal arts, you’ll have countless opportunities to learn about your areas of interest. Your academic and career advisor can help you navigate your choices. Be sure to try the academic and experiential experiences available to you, and get involved on campus. You might find a passion you never knew you had!
Strong Interest Inventory®
The Strong Interest Inventory ® assessment is an excellent career tool to help you decide on the major that’s right for you, and what steps you can take after graduation. Making informed decisions based on your interests can help you achieve greater success in college and find a career path that is fulfilling.
When you identify your interests through the Strong, you get information that will help you:
- Find courses you enjoy
- Identify rewarding career fields
- Choose a major that reflects your interests
- Discover potentially satisfying work environment
You should take the STRONG interest inventory if (choose one):
- You have completed 45 credit hours and are still unsure of declaring a major
- You have begun to consider that the Pre-Health track may no longer be for you
- You have taken several courses in your intended major and discovered that your interests lie elsewhere
- You are on academic probation
- You are a living, breathing human being
Get started by completing this questionnaire!
You will hear from an A&S | Maxwell advisor within three business days. Next steps can include the following:
- A link to the STRONG Interest Inventory assessment
- An hour appointment with a Certified Strong Interest Inventory Advisor to review your results
- A worksheet designed to help you apply your STRONG results to choosing a college major.
Handshake is a platform designed to guide you through your career search journey. No matter whether you know exactly what you are seeking or if you’re just starting, Handshake has the tools to take you where you want to go. Search jobs and internships by major, industry, title and location to explore opportunities within the major you are considering. Learn what is expected from employees in certain jobs, and what type of qualifications candidates need. Find your next answer, inspiration, internship and job—all on Handshake.
Career Exploration Resources
Unsure about what types of positions you’ll be prepared for, based on your major and minor? With a liberal arts education, the sky’s the limit. The skills you are perfecting now will set you up for career flexibility throughout your life. Get started with “What Can I Do with This Major." It has helpful information about specific industries and links to employment opportunities by major in both private and public sectors. You’ll also be able to connect with professional associations. Then, check out the resources available to you at Syracuse University's Career Exploration Resources.
Once you’ve checked out all these career exploration resources, go to Orange Success to set up an appointment with your advisor. They’ll answer any questions you have, and help you put it all in perspective.
Campus Clubs and Organizations
With more than 500 student organizations on campus, there is something for everyone. It’s a great way to expand your circle. And of course, leadership roles in campus organizations are a wonderful resume builder! Consider joining groups that align with your academic and social interests, or select a group you know little about but that sounds interesting. Don’t know where to start? Your Academic and Career Advisor can help.
Part-time Employment, On or Off Campus
On-campus employment and off-campus work-study opportunities are ways to not only earn money but gain experience, as well. Whether you are interested in securing your first office position or working within a position more closely aligned to your major, ‘Cuse Works has the opportunity for you. All ‘Cuse Works opportunities are listed in Handshake.
As you gain professional work experience, these opportunities contribute to your soft skills development. Skills such as critical thinking, communication, digital technology, leadership and intercultural fluency are in high demand with employers and will help you prepare for a successful transition to your post-graduation goals.
Volunteer On-Campus or in the Community
Community service or volunteering your time is another way to add to your experiences and give back through civic engagement. The benefits of volunteerism include career exploration, soft skills development, networking and both personal and professional growth. Visit the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public Engagement for a list of service-based clubs and organizations.