During the sophomore year, students easily become lulled into a false sense of security. Frequently, students choose their major during their first year and then (believing that the questioning, exploring, and choosing is over) become primarily involved in taking their classes during their Sophomore year. However, the Sophomore year is a time for students to continue questioning what they want to do with their major and determining if it is the right fit.

Unfortunately, if a student changes their major after their sophomore year, it can be challenging to graduate in four years.

Below are some tips and links for you and the student.

This Year, the Student Should:

Read about careers that interest them.

Whether exploring multiple majors or searching for information about a career field, “What Can I do With This Major?” will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical industries, career areas, the types of employers that hire people with each major, and strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. You may also continue researching majors and careers through the websites provided within the resource and our Exploring Majors & Careers page. 

Talk with professors, friends, family, etc., about their major and possible careers.

Download our Informational Interview Guide (PDF), including questions they can ask and a sample thank-you message.

Make their summer job count — they can use it to explore a career.

This is a good time to gain experience in the work environment, even if their job isn't directly career-related. Numerous qualities can be demonstrated by working, and there is also the opportunity to gain transferable skills.

Schedule an appointment with a Career Services member.

Again, one of the best ways for us to help students is through individual appointments. Please encourage the student to contact us to set up an individual appointment.

Together, let's guide our sophomores toward meaningful exploration and informed decision-making, ensuring they stay on track for success throughout their academic journey.