Major and Career Exploration

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  Avoid the Cookie Cutter Approach to Career Planning
Trying to determine a major can be a very difficult task. If you are struggling with what to choose, aren't sure you should be in your chosen major, or are having second thoughts about college in general, you will benefit from meeting with one of our career counselors. Our career counselors are here to help you map out an individualized plan.
Research the CAREER
  • Choosing a career is a big step! Note that most people don’t stay in the same career for the duration of their lives. Career change is common and expected. The key is finding your starting point.
  • Visit the Career Center and speak to a career counselor that can help you make an informed decision.
  • Once you have narrowed down your career options, you will want to research each option. Start by visiting the Occupational Outlook Handbook at You will be able to find the following information: job requirements, salary, expected job growth, and what degrees, certifications and licensures are needed.
  • Conduct an information interview by speaking with professionals in the field to find out what major/degree of study he/she pursued.  Ask the individual questions about likes and dislikes of their career field.  Also, check out Candid Career.
  • Visit the University of North Alabama’s website to find a list of current majors. Research the majors offered by reading about them in the University catalog.  Be informed about the courses needed in order to meet degree requirements.
  • Visit the department that houses the major in which you are interested to gather information from faculty members about careers pursued by graduates within that major.

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Making a decision
  • Choosing a major can feel overwhelming. Most students don’t know where to start.
  • Begin with self-assessment by thinking about your interests, likes, dislikes, values, traits, and skills.
  • Visit for a current list of all possible majors.
  • Make a list of all of the majors that interest you. Also, look at What Can I Do With My Major?” (available on the current page).
  • Visit the Career Center and let our career counselors help you
  • Use your University catalog to read about the degree requirements for each major. Read the course descriptions in the back of the catalog.
  • Talk to your family and friends. Ask individuals currently working what he/she likes and dislikes about their current occupation.
  • Visit departments on campus that house majors that interest you and speak to the faculty and staff.
  • Ultimately, you are the only person who can decide on your major and your future career. Know that you are only selecting a starting point and not your final destination.

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Networking is KEY to securing employment. The old cliché, “It’s who you know” holds true during the job search process. The power of networking should not be underestimated. When employers have an open position, they first think of who they know, that can fill the position. If the employer doesn’t know anyone, he/she will begin asking trusted friends, coworkers, and family members if they know anyone who can fill the position. If that avenue doesn’t bring a prospective employee, the employer will check to see if they have any résumés on file. If they are still unable to select a candidate, the employer will turn to staffing agencies for help. The last resort for most employers is posting an advertisement for the position on job boards, in the newspaper, etc.
Many students spend time solely focused on job advertisements and not enough time networking with others. Sure, there might be an advertisement posted, but in most cases, the employer, already has an idea of whom they wish to hire. We encourage students to set a goal of meeting at least one new person per week during the job search. Don't be afraid to deliver your resume to places of employment that interest you.

The picture below illustrates the way most employers hire:
Ans. New Students will be able to log in to LionJobs and apply for on-campus jobs (UWS and FWS) by August 1st . Additional details will be sent via students’ UNA email accounts later in the summer.

* LionJobs is only for our UNA students and alumni and therefore we limit access and need to ensure students are currently enrolled before accessing accounts.

Ans. Fall 2021 job opportunities will be posted by August 1, 2021.

Ans. All on campus positions require an *approved resume, and some also request a cover letter.  Students should read each job description carefully.

*Resumes must be submitted for review and approval by Career Center staff.  Please refer to these samples to create your resume on our Writing Resumes and Cover Letter page.  

It is recommended that you prepare your resume prior to gaining access to LionJobs so that the approval process will be more efficient. 


Ans. When you are “awarded” work study via financial aid, that only means you have the opportunity to earn the awarded amount – it is NOT guaranteed.  Students must apply and be hired for on-campus positions in order to receive the funds.  Students will be paid on a monthly basis for hours worked and monies can be spent as needed for educational expenses.

FWS – Students are determined eligible for FWS by completing the FAFSA and checking the box regarding Federal Work Study.  You must receive notification from Student Financial Services via your portal.

UWS – All students (including those who qualify for FWS) are eligible for University Work Study positions. 

However, both categories are considered student employment on campus. 

Ans. Once hired, your supervisor will email you all the electronic forms to complete including I-9, tax and direct deposit.  You will also be required to provide one photo ID (Driver License or School ID) AND secondary ID (Birth Certificate or Social Security Card).   

If you have additional questions about LionJobs, please contact the UNA Career Center at 256-765-4276 or email

For additional information about Student Employment at the University of North Alabama, please visit this site:


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