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There are many ways to gather information about what major you might most enjoy studying.  One is called The Party.  It was developed by John Bolles, author of popular books on career decision, including What Color Is Your Parachute.  Bolles uses the career themes developed by John Holland to help you begin to narrow your search for career direction.  Follow the instructions below and see if this is helpful to you.  If not, please call the above number to make an appointment for some one-to-one consultation about your goals.

Picture yourself entering a party.  The room is full of six general groups of people, clustered about the room.  Choose which of these groups you would most like to join for conversation first, second, and third.  Then, click on the links of your choices to learn about careers, majors, and activities that students with these interests often pursue.

Realistic: people with athletic or mechanical ability, who prefer to work with objects, tools, machines, animals, or plants, or to be outdoors.

Investigative: people who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.

Artistic: people with artistic, innovative or intuitional abilities and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.

Social: people who like to work with people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, or are skilled with words.

Enterprising: people who like to work with people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain.

Conventional: people who like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others' instructions.


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