Undecided on Your Major?

TMCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. With so many options, it may be difficult to decide on one degree or certificate. It is important to realize that it is okay to be undecided. However, there are benefits of deciding your program of study early. The benefits include knowing what courses are required for your program and graduating sooner so you can get out into your career or transfer to a university.

When you are undecided, it is good to explore different majors and careers. Academic advisors are here to help you with the major exploration process. No matter where you are at in the major exploration process, we have resources that can help guide you in making that major decision.

Self-Exploration

Understanding what makes you plays a major role in this exploration process. It may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are you interested in?
  • Where do your strengths lie?
  • What courses or subjects have you done well in?
  • What careers seem interesting to you?

If you were able to answer these questions with ease, review the resources below for major exploration. If you found yourself having a difficult time answering these questions then it is time to begin the self-exploration process. The Counseling Center provides a number of various resources and tools that will help you identify your strengths, values, and interests. Take advantage of these valuable resources by connecting with our TMCC counselors.

Additionally, many of our academic advisors are MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certified practitioners and can offer you guidance to begin the exploration process. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most widely used personality inventories in business and education. It assesses some of your personality traits and preferences with the result suggesting majors, careers, and work environments that might be a good match for you.

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) assesses your interests, not your personality or values. SII is an excellent assessment to take when considering choosing a major as the college profile report you will receive during an interpretation recommends majors, internships and activities. It offers detailed suggestions of occupations that may align with your interests which can often help identify which areas of study are appropriate or required for a particular field.

After an initial major exploration appointment with an academic advisor, the MBTI and SII each take approximately 45 minutes to complete online followed by a 1-hour in-person interpretation with a certified practitioner in our office.

Major Exploration

Once you have a stronger sense of self-awareness, it is time to explore degrees and certificates to see what areas may be a good match for you. The following tools and websites are helpful resources available to you:

  • TMCC's College Catalog: Review our degree programs.
  • College Board College Majors: Review information on choosing a college major.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? Learn about a major and see what careers you might be able to go into.
  • Nevada Career Information Systems: Learn comprehensive and current educational and career information and complete a variety of assessments for exploration purposes.
    • No login information is required to access NCIS from a TMCC computer or while connected to TMCC's WiFi.
    • Access NVCIS from off campus: Username = TruckeeCC; Password = TruckeeCC01.

Many of our academic advisors are MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certified practitioners and can offer you guidance to begin the exploration process. Once you have decided on a major, you will need to complete a Degree/Emphasis Change form through the Admissions and Records Office.

To review your options with an Academic advisor, contact us to schedule an individual advisement appointment for major exploration. TMCC's Counseling Center is available for career exploration.

Explore Beyond the Major

Explore how your major translates into a real-world application by going beyond the major. Once you have decided on a major, you need to continue exploring, especially when determining how a major applies to employment opportunities. For example, do the career fields associated with your major require you to:

  • Continue your education beyond TMCC?
  • Obtain licensure or certification?
  • Complete professional or graduate school?
  • Obtain a specified number of internship and/or volunteer hours?

Take Action

As you continue exploring, it is also important that you take action with your decision and identify a plan that will allow you to explore potential employment opportunities aligned with your chosen major. Develop an action plan and write out your action steps with specific goals and target dates for meeting those goals to continue your journey beyond selecting your major. Consider the following action steps to being tying your major into your personal and career goals.

Connect with faculty. Faculty members teach the courses associated with your major because they are considered experts in their fields. Take advantage of their expertise and ensure you are meeting with faculty members. Aside from teaching, many of them have current and/or prior work experience in occupational fields that may be of interest to you. Connecting with faculty members will not only give you direct insight into potential careers you are considering, but these connections can also lead to networking opportunities with potential employers.

Shadow, volunteer and intern. Actively being involved in your major and career interests allows you to determine whether or not the path you are considering is what you expected. The knowledge you gain in your major is only the first step. Thorough understanding of what actually occurs in the industries you are considering happens on the job. To achieve first-hand exposure to these on the job concepts, you need to take action and get involved by volunteering your time. Again, connect with your faculty members as they can help you network so that you can increase your opportunities to shadow employers.

Visit the Career Center. The Career Center offers various job preparation resources that will help you bridge the connection between what you are learning in your major to career opportunities. The Career Center also houses TMCC’s Internship Program . Many TMCC majors require internship and work experience courses. If you major requires internship or work experience, connect with the Internship Program to learn more about how to apply your educational experiences to real-world application.

Exploration Resources

Remember, no one can tell you what to major in. Only you can make that decision. Academic advisors can help guide you in your journey, but you are the leader in this exploration process.

Choosing a major does not limit you to a single career option. Most majors offer you the education necessary to enter a variety of careers.

Our major exploration information sheets may help you connect fields of study to specific careers, offer suggestions on co-curricular activities and internship opportunities, and recommended courses for exploration:

There are many electronic resources for you to use in your major exploration journey, too. Below are links to various major and career exploration resources that can support you in your journey towards making that major decision.

Disclaimer: While Truckee Meadows Community College provides links to these sites to support our students, faculty and staff, these links are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute any endorsement or approval by TMCC.