Major and Career Exploration

Need information about majors and careers? We offer individualized career counseling, as well as personalized assessments, to help you learn how your interests and strengths connect to potential occupations. We are dedicated to providing you with the tools to help you make informed decisions about your career goals.  

 

Assessments

We offer a variety of career assessments to help you learn how your unique characteristics, such as interests, personality, and strengths, lend themselves to different occupational areas. Many of these assessments can be taken independently, and some must be interpreted with a career professional. Regardless, the career counselor is happy to help you make sense of your results and apply them to your life.  

Pathway U

PathwayU is a platform that helps individuals take stock of their current sense of purpose through interest and values assessments that direct you to career clusters. 

TypeFocus
Access code: viterbo88

TypeFocus is a free resource that allows students to develop a better understanding of themselves by analyzing personality (MBTI Type), interests (Holland Code), values, and skills. Students can use this knowledge and feedback to explore majors and occupations.

VitaNavis

Vita Navis is an assessment-based career exploration platform consisting of two assessments:

The SuperStrong is a shortened version of the Strong Interest Inventory.  The SuperStrong assessment helps students discover how their interests translate into academic and professional success.

The Student Success Profile is a shortened version of the California Psychological Inventory.  It provides users with the opportunity to learn about their personal strengths and styles relative to Growth Mindset, Self Sufficiency, and Task Completion.  Contact Career Services to get the access code for this assessment. 

Transferable Skills Assessment

Take this assessment to identify your top skills. Use your results to market yourself, identify potential career paths, build your strengths, or become aware of  skills you'd like to improve.

MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

The MBTI is a personality assessment designed to assist individuals in understanding how personality preferences can affect academic, career, and lifestyle choices.

Links to free MBTI assessments:

Descriptions of the personality types:  https://students.usask.ca/jobs/careers.php#TakeaCareerAssessment
Psychological type profiles:  http://www.typelogic.com/

Strong Interest Inventory®

The Strong Interest Inventory is one of the most widely used career assessment tools in the world.  It helps students identify their interests and extends their understanding of how interests can support academic and career success.  It uses themes from the Holland Codes to help users identify majors, workstyles, and careers that align with their work personality types. 

  • Contact the Career Services office to take this assessment
Career One Stop SkillsProfiler

This tool helps you to create a list of your skills and matches them to occupations that use those skills.

    StrengthsQuest

    StrengthsQuest helps you identify and better understand what you naturally do best, and gives you clues as to the type of work environments and roles in which you are most likely to thrive. Uses 34 Talent Themes to create your personalized Strengths Insight Report and Action Planning Guide

    • Cost recovery fee of $10
    • Contact the Career Services office to take this assessment
    Career Counseling

    If you are currently “un-majored,” don’t feel you fit with your present major, or want to talk about crafting a path to career success, you would probably benefit from career counseling.  Our nationally certified career counselor  is available to listen to you and administer assessments that will help you to understand how your interests, personality, and strengths help shape your choice of major and career. 

    Career Resources
    O*Net (U.S. Department of Labor)
    • Collects, organizes, describes, and disseminates data on occupational characteristics and worker attributes for over 1,100 occupations.
    https://www.mynextmove.org/ (U.S. Department of Labor)
    • Interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.
    The Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics) 
    • Offers career information on duties, education/training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
    Career Outlook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Includes data and information on occupations/industries and pay/benefits.
    CareerOneStop
    • Provides employment and career information with integrated tools to help students.
    Viterbo Todd Wehr Memorial Library Career Resources
    • Offers additional information on careers/vocations, career choices, resumes, cover letters, interview process, and resources to get started on your job hunt.
    Career Action Plan

    Not sure where to start? Check out our Career Action Plan, which outlines useful steps to take each year of college.  

    Informational Interviews
    Informational interview: A conversation you initiate with someone who works in an industry that interests you.  
    • You are the interviewer, rather than the interviewee.  
    • The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.
    • Conducting informational interviews can help you explore careers and expand your professional network.
    Job Shadows

    Job shadowing provides you with an opportunity to observe professionals in their occupations.  As you see what the employee does in their daily work, you can ask questions similar to those in an informational interview.  This type of experience should give you insight on whether an occupation will be a be a good fit for your post-graduation plans.

    Pre-Health Shadowing: https://www.prehealthshadowing.com/ 

    Mayo Clinic Health System Job Shadow: http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/la-crosse/careers/educational-experiences

    Gundersen Health System Job Shadow: UME@gundersenhealth.org

    Life in Harmony Music Therapy Job Shadow: https://lihmt.com/job-shadowing/

    Aptiv (formerly Riverfront, Inc.) Job Shadow: internship@riverfrontinc.org

    UW-La Crosse Student Health Center Physical Therapy Job Shadow: https://www.uwlax.edu/student-health-center/physical-therapy/#tab-pt-job-shadowvolunteer 

    Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Job Shadow: https://www.scenicriversahec.org/job-shadowing

    Organic Valley Job Shadow: hr@organicvalley.coop

    Major Exploration
    What Can I Do with this Major?

    Whether you're exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers.

    OOH Field of Degree

    Each page provides a glimpse of workers with a particular degree and shows occupations, outlook, and more for people in that major. Click on an FOD link to explore this information, which includes links to relevant profiles in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

    Explore Viterbo Majors and Minors
    • Viterbo offers more than 50 academic programs. Don't want to limit yourself? Double major or pursue a minor.
    LinkedIn
    • The Alumni feature in LinkedIn is a great way to explore majors and careers. To view Viterbo University alumni, search "Viterbo University" in the search box and select "Viterbo University School." Then click "See Alumni." You may now view 8,000+ alums and where they live, where they work, what they do, what they studied, what they are skilled at, and how you're connected. You may use this to explore various career and set up job shadows or informational interview. 

    If you need help setting up a LinkedIn profile to connect with alums, schedule an appointment with Career Services.

    UNST 110 and 310

    UNST 110 - Major Exploration: This 1-credit course is designed to facilitate life and career decision making. Students will be involved in activities that encourage examination of personality characteristics and interest, personal and occupational values, as well as abilities, skills, and aptitudes. Students will explore the world of work and requisite academic preparation, generate occupational and academic goals, and make knowledgeable and appropriate decisions. This course is designed for entering and undeclared students. Offered each semester.

    UNST 310 – Career  Professional Development Seminar:  This 1-credit online course is designed for upper division students who want to prepare for internships or life after college.   Students will develop greater awareness of how their interests and personality affect career choice.  They will also investigate possible career paths, as well as develop application materials, create effective search strategies, and practice interview skills to prepare for the next steps in their career development. Offered each semester.