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Career Services Center

Ward Edwards 1200
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
Fax: 660.543.4668

Major & Career Exploration and Counseling

Deciding on your major and career path? 
Your Career Counselor will help you “put the pieces together”


Deciding on your major can be a “puzzling” experience, but you don’t have to do it alone!  Make an appointment with an experienced and credentialed Career Counselor to help you explore your options, narrow your focus, and develop a major exploration and career plan – in other words, we’ll help you put all the pieces together! We have numerous resources available to assist you with your major decision-making process. Through one-on-one counseling sessions, we'll apply the right one(s) for you and your specific needs.

Career Assessments & Resources

Your Career Counselor utilizes today’s most valid and reliable career assessments to assist you in an individualized process of self-discovery and career exploration. Each assessment offers a clue, an important puzzle piece, but by working in partnership with your Career Counselor to assemble those pieces, you will discover the “Big Picture” of the best academic and career path for you as a unique individual.

Assessments and counseling assist with your self-discovery – for the comprehensive and accurate picture, you need to learn about your Major options and the career opportunities they present. Your Career Counselor will provide additional resources such as referrals for Informational Interviews, Job Shadow experiences, and on-line major and career research tools

Your Personality


You will come to discover how you most prefer to function in the workplace and in life through learning about your Personality Type.

Your Interests


You will gain an understanding of the work activities in which you are most (and least) interested by completing an Interest Assessment.

Your Values


You can explore, define, and prioritize your personal value system as it relates to potential major and career choices.



Other important pieces include Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes (KSAs):  What do you know and are good at, and what do you still most want to learn and develop?

Informational Interviews


Your Career Counselor can provide referrals for you to meet face-to-face with faculty, professionals, and/or UCM Career Development Coordinators to gain in-depth knowledge about major and career options.

Job Shadow

Job shadowing offers you the opportunity to meet and observe a professional who is working in a career you’re considering. Whether for a couple hours or for a full-day, a job shadow experience allows you to “test the waters” in a particular work environment as well as expand your professional network.

On-Line Major & Career Research Tools

What Can I Do With This Major? is your complete guide to practical career options and plans to achieve them.

FOCUS is a comprehensive online major and career exploration tool.

Focus - UCMO is a web-based resource that helps you make well-informed decisions about your education and career.