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Career Planning

Does your major align with your interests and career goals?

During your university career, you'll uncover clues about yourself that will help you choose an appropriate major and a meaningful career. Many university students change their majors before graduation as they realize their interests, but it's a good idea to start planning early.

Step 1: Assess your interests, skills and abilities

  • What things excite you?
  • What jobs or careers appeal to you?
  • What are your strengths? What areas do you need to develop?
  • What were your best subjects in high school and in university so far? Is there a pattern there?
  • What extracurricular activities interest you?
  • What skills did you develop in jobs, volunteer work or extra-curricular activities?
  • Do you like working under pressure or like to take your own time?
  • Do you want a nine-to-five job or would you like more flexibility?
  • Do you like to work alone or as a member of a team?

Step 2: Explore career options

  • Visit the Frank G. Lawson Information Centre and find out what careers relate to the majors you’re considering.
  • Attend the Halifax Career Fair in September and connect with over 90 of Canada's top employers. First-year students are encouraged to attend and explore the breadth of possibilities as you start thinking about your major.
  • Attend the Dalhousie Volunteer Fair in the fall and meet representatives from Halifax's leading not-for-profit organizations. Volunteer opportunities can help you develop skills that will contribute to your career development. Go to myCareer to register and learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and career fairs that will support your career development.
  • Talk to your family and friends. The people who are close to you know you the best and can offer a wealth of information and insight.
  • Talk to people working in the fields you're exploring. Most people love to talk about their field of work and have an interest in helping others, so don't be shy. If you're unsure of who to talk to, a professor might have some tips. Also, be sure to drop into the Career Services Centre—they can help you set up and prepare for an informational interview.

Step 3: Do a reality check and evaluate your options

  • If you're interested in being a doctor, are your grades competitive? Do you have a well-rounded application?
  • Does your desired occupation require an advanced degree that would be challenging to finance?
  • Do you have a strong interest in the arts, but your family is convinced you will become a Chartered Accountant like others in your family?
  • There are often ways to trouble-shoot some of these obstacles. Let us help you with your planning.