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December 4, 2015

It’s Okay to be Undecided

Upon entering college you are asked to pick a major.  For some, this can be terrifying.  A couple of months ago you were asking permission to go to the bathroom and now you have to decide what to do with the rest of your life. Geneva provides a wonderful way for students to ease into this decision: an undeclared major.

Students who are unsure of what they would like to do in the future can come to Geneva without declaring a major. They will be in their own Leaning and Transition (L & T) group that focuses on finding out what God has created them to do. During their first year at Geneva (students are encouraged to pick a major by sophomore year) undeclared majors will focus on their core requirements which give a flavor of the different areas of study. This allows them to see what field interests them most and the possible career options within the major.

The Career Development Center also has the opportunity to play an integral role in the experience of the undeclared majors. The director of Career Development, Joy Doyle, and the graduate assistant, Evan Whitaker, have the opportunity to come into the L & T class for the undeclared majors and talk about calling and vocation. They walk students through the process of what their semester or year as undeclared students will look like and how to see what major they fit best in.

Each undeclared student has the opportunity to take the MyPlan assessment available in the Career Development Center. This assessment looks at the personality type of the student and how that fits into the working field. The assessment provides a greater understanding of one’s personality, skills, interests and work-place values.  Determining this information can help a student determine which vocation would be a good fit for them. Our Career Development staff encourages students to schedule a meeting to discuss he results with each student and what careers fall in line with their gifts and abilities.

Students that are unsure about what to do in the future can find answers and hope through the resources that Geneva College and the Career Development Center provide.

Grace Marras '17, Career Development Center Student Assistant 

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