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Advising for Deciding Students

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Are you a first-year student trying to figure out which major is right for you? Our academic advisors will encourage you to select courses and connect with experiences that will help you explore majors and careers of interest to you.

Support is also available for returning students who are working through a change of major or who just haven’t found the right fit. Explore your career options in ACS 102 – Exploratory Studies or visit with a career consultant in the Office of Career Development.

Whether you are deciding between two majors or you are completely open to options, the following resources can support you in your decision-making process.


Occupational Outlook Handbook: The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides you with important information about hundreds of occupations. Information includes training and education required, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.

SD Labor Market Information Center: The Labor Market Information Center collects, analyzes and provides to the public information on the labor market of the State of South Dakota. This includes information such as wage and earnings data, employment projections, business staffing patterns and career planning information.

Conducting Information Interviews: Information interviews are an important part of the information-gathering process when deciding on a major or career. View this information to identify questions you could ask in an information interview.

Job Shadowing: Shadowing a professional in a career that is of interest to you is a great way to determine whether or not that career is a good fit for you. View this document for tips on setting up a job shadowing experience and a list of questions to ask your professional guide.