With the end of the semester looming, many students may find themselves considering the age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Fortunately for some students, the Career Center has answers.
The Discovery for Deciding program started four years ago as a pilot program to help undeclared freshmen and sophomores choose majors. In the last two years, it has evolved into a program encompassing all classes and majors.
“If you don’t know your major, we’re going to help you choose your major,” said Rachel Buck, career counselor at the Career Center. “If you know your major, we’re going to help you confirm your major; if you are happy with your major, we are going to help you target some jobs and start working toward some of those jobs.”
About 200 students have passed through the program this scholastic year. Most of the students are freshmen and sophomores, although a few older students have also taken advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s not just undeclared students who need help – it’s all of our students,” Buck said.
Rachel Elam, career resource assistant at the Career Center, is a recent ACU graduate and an alumni of the Discovery program. She lauded the course, saying the program’s assessments helped to match her personality and skill set with an appropriate career choice.
The Career Center split from the Office of Career and Academic Development two years ago and moved into the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center. It offers a variety of services to students, including the CareerLink program, mock interviews and financial planning assistance.
“If we can get that ironed out in the first semester, then you have three-and-a-half years to build your résumé, network, get interviews, etc.,” Buck said.
Discovery for Deciding will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. The cost to attend is $40, which can be charged to students’ accounts. Students interested in signing up should visit www.acu.edu/careercenter and follow the links for D!SCOVERY.