Choose a Major/Career

The first step in choosing a career is to identify your skills, interests, personality, and values. Then, you can explore possible occupations based on your assessment. UCS also offers group workshops on "Choosing Your Major." Visit the Events Calendar for dates and times of the next workshop.

Assessment

Vocational Assessment tools can tell you a lot about yourself, including things you aren’t aware of or haven’t thought much about. They may also verify what you already know. In general, they are designed to:

  1. Identify your career and interests.
  2. Help you explore your personality and how your preferences affect your interactions in the workplace .
  3. Clarify your values, specifically what matters to you, e.g. making lots of money or feeling that what you do makes a difference, working alone or in a team.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was designed to help people choose careers that would be interesting to them and would call on their natural preferences. The MBTI can help you understand yourself and how you interact with the workplace.

It is extremely useful in helping people make career decisions, select an appropriate work environment and communicate and sell themselves effectively. Also, it helps in building teams, developing time management skills, understanding learning styles, leadership, and management types. It will clarify how people interact with their supervisors, colleagues, mate and family.

If you are interested in taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator , please call 713-743-5100 to get instructions for taking the assessment online. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Contact UCS Staff (required log in). There is a nominal fee for the assessments which can be paid by credit or debit card only when you come in to get the results.

The Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) matches you, based on your likes and dislikes, with individuals who share your interests to determine if you might enjoy the same kinds of careers. You are provided with a combination of general interest scales which provide an overall picture of your preferences, values, and interests; basic interest scales that further narrow your interests and desirable aspects of potential careers (such as writing, public speaking, computers, or teaching); and a Top 10 list of careers that encourages further exploration.

If you are interested in taking the Strong Interest Inventory, please call 713-743-5100 to get instructions for taking the assessment online. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Contact UCS Staff (required log in). There is a nominal fee for the assessments which can be paid by credit or debit card only when you come in to get the results.

StrengthsQuest is an online assessment that will help you gain insight into your areas of greatest potential. StrengthsQuest is not a career assessment and it won't tell you what job or career you should do. But it does provide valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive. Gallup research has found that employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their work and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life than employees who don't get to focus on what they do best.

If you are interested in taking StrengthsQuest, please call 713-743-5100 to get instructions for taking the assessment online. There is a nominal fee for the assessment which can be paid by credit or debit card will be process when you gain your access code. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Contact UCS Staff (required log in).

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR?

Not sure what type of career your major prepares you for? Want to explore the various career paths related to certain majors? You haven't yet chosen a college major? Then this tool is for you! Check it out and feel free to discuss your findings with a career counselor. This tool is a very helpful resource for individuals engaged in career decision-making.

Choosing a Career

M.D. Anderson Library Employment Subject Guide

UH Majors and Degree Programs

UH Undergraduate Catalog
Lists all graduate programs and courses offered to graduate students at the University of Houston.

UH Graduate Catalog
Lists all graduate programs and courses offered to graduate students at the University of Houston.

Education and Training

Certification Finder
Search among thousands of possible certifications necessary for most future careers with this site’s easy-to-use search engine.