Exploratory Studies Explore Your Options

Sample new academic and career experiences

Most people will test drive a car before buying—why should a major or a career be any different? In fact, it is probably more important to test drive majors and careers because the investment is so much greater.

Join student organizations or Greek life

Student organizations, Greek life, and leadership activities offer exploring students the ability to:

  • Identify the types of people a major attracts (and if you like being around them).
  • Build networks with like-minded people.
  • Glean insider knowledge into good courses, internships, and job shadowing opportunities.

Obtain internships or summer experiences

  • Subscribe to your department's newsletter or blog feed, if they offer one.
  • If your department offers co-operative education, take advantage. "Co-ops" are paid, semester-long work experiences, usually with a single company, that are interlaced with your regular college coursework.
  • Sign up for MyCCO to get your resume into the hands of thousands of job recruiters.
  • Attend Purdue and virtual job fairs, even those outside of your major to talk with company representatives about the career paths they offer.
  • Explore study abroad opportunities. Some have community outreach or work components.  Many do not have a language requirement.

Try new academic and career experiences

  • Stretch a little! Use your selectives and free electives to take interesting courses outside of your major.
  • Volunteer for local organizations near Purdue who are positively affecting a cause you believe in.
  • Ask your family or friends if they know anyone that you could "shadow" for a day.




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