As part of the process for declaring a major, Associate in Arts students are encouraged to develop and follow an academic plan. It's important to understand that it's unrealistic to expect the right major to fall into your lap — you must be proactive and make a commitment to the major exploration process. As an AAP student, you are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet often with your advisor; this will assist you in uncovering your interests and ultimately determining your major. You are invited to meet with your academic advisors to set up an individual academic plan for your college career.
- Personal reflection and assessment;
- Short- and long-term goal setting;
- Ways to enhance the college experience through discovery-learning opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning, and internships.
Choosing a major and, eventually, a career can be a complex process, especially in a time of economic change. Career exploration takes time, energy, and a great deal of reflection. As a student, you may be wondering where to begin your search or how to choose a major that will provide you with career opportunities at the end of your academic journey. It is important to remember that a major does not necessarily equal a career. Employers want to see that you have good communication skills, technology and teamwork skills, and that you show initiative. Building a résumé of valuable skills that are useful in and out of the classroom will help you achieve a successful job placement when you leave UD.
Luckily, the University provides a variety of resources that can help you decide on a career. A good place to start the process of choosing a major or career is at the Career Services Center, where career tests and interest inventories are administered. Additionally, The Career Services Center provides a wealth of information on choosing a career. Career Services provides students with information on internships and work opportunities and leads a variety of workshops on topics such as résumé writing, interviewing, and networking.