Career Center

ACADEMIC MAJORS FAIR HOW TO...

photoDon't just show up for the majors fair! Prepare before you go and get the most out of the opportunities they provide to connect with a number of academic departments all at once! There are three stages to the Academic Majors Fair - Before, During, and After!

Before the Majors Fair:

  • Consider your interests, skills, work values, and strengths/weaknesses
  • Remain open minded about the academic majors/departments participating in the fair and plan to talk to a variety of them
  • Do not do your research at the fair. Research the majors you want to speak with prior to the fair
  • Create a game plan:
    • Determine majors you want to learn more about in advance so you don't wander aimlessly at the fair
    • Consider questions you want to ask representatives of the majors
    • You may find that some majors have a long line. Maximize your time, visit other majors then return
    • Be prepared to concentrate and listen carefully in a large room with lots of talking going on!

During the Majors Fair:

  • Arrive earlier, rather than later
  • Check in at the front desk; pick up a nametag, and map of the fair
  • Orient yourself using the room layout. Watch for a few moments, and then begin by approaching an academic major
    • Communicate who you are
    • Explain why you decided to stop by their table
    • Ask questions about the major
    • Pick up important information about the major
    • Be aware of other students waiting to talk to the representative, gain appropriate information but don't monopolize his/her time
    • Jot down notes/details about the major - take a few minutes after you leave each table to jot down these notes
  • Attend one of the mini-workshops before or during the fair on Making Your Major Decision

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After the Majors Fair:

  • Reflect upon your major options
    • Does one major seem like a better fit over the other
    • How do the majors you're considering fit into your interests, skills, and work values
    • Schedule appointments with your academic advisor and career counselor to your discuss options