Majors & Careers

Your life and career path may have many unexpected turns. For example, a campus job led Christina Kim '14 to choose a completely different major.

It’s OK if you don’t know what to do with your life yet. At UB, you have time to figure it out — and countless opportunities to try new things. Of course, you can always rely on our team to answer your questions and help you decide what to do next.

There is More Out There to Discover.

Start by exploring yourself-- like, don't like and what you're curious about. 

Discover Your Strengths

Before you can explore options, you need to discover yourself. What interests you? What are your strengths and skills? No one knows you better than yourself.

Your expert career counselor, may recommend one of our assessment tools to help with your major/career decision-making.  If so, that assessment is free!  If you're interested in taking additional assessments, small fees may apply. Talk with your career counselor to choose the assessment that is right for you.

Assessment Tools

Focus 2 Career

**Highly recommended.

Focus2 is a self-paced career & major exploration tool that helps you identify your interests and connects those interests with a major and/or career. This interactive online tool provides mulitple self-assessments that will ask you simple questions about your hobbies, skills, values and work interests.

How to get started:
Get access to Focus2 when you create/register a new account with  your UB email address and the access code: ubbulls. Choose from any of the self-assessments to get started. 

Register a new account with your UB email address and the access code: ubbulls

What's Next?

After completing your self-assessments, you’ll be able to view your results, explore UB majors, search and compare different careers, and have the confidence in making a decision about choosing/switching a major and a career.

Still need help figuring things out? Schedule a new appointment with a career expert to review your career assessment results.

You must sign into Bullseye powered by Handshake to make your appointment with your UBIT name.

CliftonStrengths for Students

CliftonStrengths helps you learn about your top strengths as well as how to develop and apply your strengths in academic, career, leadership and other life situations.

Strong Interest Inventory

Strong Interest Inventory helps you define general career areas and identifies a list of occupations that are a good match for your interest pattern.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Personality assessment tool that helps you describe your strengths, your preferred function in a job or organization, and specific career areas that you might be interested in.

Career Thoughts Inventory

A tool to help you identify, challenge and alter negative career thoughts that impact your decision making.

Take a Career Planning Course

We get it. Choosing a career path can be overwhelming and scary. We're here to help you get closer to choosing a career path. Pick your course, plus get credit too.

UE 101: Major and Career Exploration

The Major Explorers program through the UE 101 course is designed to help undecided first-year students explore their academic and career options, to increase their readiness to select a major by 45 completed credit hours.

UBE 302: College to Career

For juniors and seniors getting ready to transition from College to a Career, this one-credit course will help you get the best resume and cover letter writing skills, job searching tips as well as networking and interviewing hacks.

Research Majors and Careers

Focus2

Take a self-assessment, see what you can do with a major, explore different careers (occupations) and compare to careers side by side.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

Research typical job tasks, working conditions, required training and education, earnings, and expected job outlook.

O*NET Online

Search by keywords, interests, skills, values and a variety of other methods.

My Next Move

Information on 900+ careers, as well as local job openings and training opportunities.

UB Career Connector Network

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Find and talk to UB alums to about their major, where they are today and their journey of how they got there during a career conversation consultation. 

Register and login with your UB email address.

Learn More About Graduate School

Exploring the idea of going to Graduate or Professional School? Learn about the types of degrees, how to choose a graduate school, how to plan ahead and more.

Yes, I Need to Figure Out My Options!

Talk to a Career Counselor, schedule a new appointment in Bullseye powered by Handshake.

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Major Confident Survey

Undecided about your Major?

We want to make sure you're confident in your major and career plan so we've created this major confident survey to help you get started!

> Take the Major Confident Survey Now