Career Counseling FAQs

 

  1. What are the steps in choosing a major/career option?
  2. Why is it important to meet with a Career Counselor?
  3. What happens during a Career Counseling appointment?
  4. Can a Career Counselor help me pick out my classes?
  5. What types of assessments are available?
  6. What if my GPA isn't high enough for the major I am interested in?
  7. When is the Career Counselor available for appointments?
  8. What if I have another question that isn't answered on this list?
  1. What are the steps in choosing a major/career option?

    First, you want to assess yourself.  What are your interests?  What are you good at?  What are your personal and occupational values?  What is your “dream” job?  Would it help if I took an assessment to determine these answers? 

    Next, you want to gather information and explore your options.  Find out what majors fit with your goals and research career opportunities in those fields.  You may want to interview employees in the field or talk with faculty members in the department.  There are many resources available on Auburn University’s Career Center Website.  www.auburn.edu/career

    After you evaluate your information, you want to make an informed decision.  If you need help with this, talk to an advisor or career counselor.  Formulate a plan and go for it! Back to top
  2. Why is it important to meet with a Career Counselor?

    Meeting with a Career Counselor can help you organize and plan out your future.  Career Counselors can also help you go through the steps necessary to choose a major/career that is right for you.  They can help formulate goals, research career options and provide encouragement.  Career Counselors are knowledgeable on current job trends and employment outlook.
  3. What happens during a Career Counseling appointment?

    In an initial appointment, the Career Counselor will ask you questions about your interests, goals and current academic situation.  Be prepared to talk about things that you are good at or careers you may want to explore.  The Career Counselor may recommend that you take a career assessment to determine the answers to these questions.

    In a follow-up appointment, the Career Counselor will go over assessment results and/or work towards formulating a career/major plan that fits with your personality, abilities and interests.  Some students meet with a counselor two times, others meet with a counselor more than five.  It is different for each student. Back to top
  4. Can a Career Counselor help me pick out my classes?

    The Career Counselor within ACAC works with the ACAC Advisors frequently and can help with class suggestions and major paths, however, your advisor is the professional you will need to meet with in order to pick out specific classes and determine degree requirements.  The Career Counselor is happy to help you schedule an appointment with either Nicole Gaillard or Jennifer Jackson in our office.
  5. What types of assessments are available?

    Please visit Auburn University's Career Center Website to see assessments available. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/career/assessments/ Back to top
  6. What if my GPA isn't high enough for the major I am interested in?

    Many majors at Auburn have specific GPA requirements.  If you are unable to reach the needed GPA, you may need to determine another plan of action.  The Career Counselor can help you with this.  Every student’s situation is different and there are many options to explore.
  7. When is the Career Counselor available for appointments?

    Career Counseling is available Monday – Friday from 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-4:00pm.  You can come in and make an appointment or call (334) 844-7277.  Appointments are typically scheduled in 45 minute blocks.
  8. What if I have another question that isn't answered on this list?

    We are happy to help you! Contact our office at (334) 844-7277 and we will help determine what your steps are to answer your specific question. Back to top
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