One of the most important questions you will explore while at college is, "Who Am I?" Knowing who you are informs what you do in life. The Counseling Center offers career counseling to aid students with their personal career exploration. Career counseling assists students in better understanding how their values, interests, skills, passions and world outlook influence their career decisions.

Career counseling assists students in exploring majors and careers where they might find satisfaction. Students at all points in their career exploration process (e.g. those who "undecided," those looking to switch major, and those looking to better understand how to apply themselves in their already chosen fields) are invited to participate in career counseling.

Students are encouraged to schedule a confidential appointment with a career counselor to determine which of the following services might best aid them in their career needs. Students can participate in individual career counseling, attend a career exploration workshop/group, or do both.

The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 414-288-7172 or by dropping by the Counseling Center in Room 204 of Holthusen Hall.

Individual Career Counseling

Students attend career counseling to do some of the following:

Career Exploration Workshops

At least once a semester, the Counseling Center offers a Career Exploration Workshop Series. Over 4-6 weeks, a small group of students will meet once a week to:

    Identify and Clarify: your career interests, values, strengths/abilities...

    Normalize: hear and learn from other students who are in a similar situation   

         (have no idea what to major in, experience parental pressure to enter

         a specific field, etc.)...

     Inspire: witnessing others experience growth and progress in their career

         journeys can inspire hope that we will also find the answers we are

         looking for...

     Discuss: energizing conversations with peers, facilitated by the workshop leader, 

          about career-related topics...

     Gain Information: about decision-making models, resources for learning more

          about specific occupations, benefit from the questions asked by others...

     Create: a personalized "next steps" plan for your career path

Presentations on career counseling topics can also be requested by student organizations and university faculty and staff. Such requests should be directed to the Coordinator of Career Counseling at the Counseling Center (414) 288-7172. Those interested in joining a workshop series should contact the Counseling Center to determine when the next group starts and learn how to sign up.

Career Assessment

The Counseling Center offers a variety of assessment instruments to aid students in exploring how their interests, values, and personality characteristics relate to various academic majors and occupation alternatives. Two widely used instruments are the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The Strong Interest Inventory measures interests in a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and academic subjects. Results compare the student's interest patterns with the interest patterns of individuals in a variety of different occupations.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator measures personality preferences and is used to help students increase their understanding of how personality influences career decision- making. Results help students identify and explore occupations that are attractive to their individual personality preferences.

The assessment process typically involves an initial meeting with a counselor, who will help identify which instruments and/or activities are most appropriate, as well as 1-3 additional sessions to interpret the results of the instrument(s) in a manner that is relevant to real life and each student's unique and specific needs.

Researching Academic Majors

Undergraduate Majors by College: Students seeking an undergraduate degree at Marquette University may choose from over 50 undergraduate majors, which are grouped by college.

Graduate and Professional Programs: Marquette University offers 35 graduate programs, which include more than 20 degrees and certificates to choose from.

What can I do with this Major?: Students may find viewing MyPlan.com's site regarding "What can I do with a Major in...?" to be helpful.

Researching Occupations:

Occupational Outlook Handbook: This handbook, compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is revised every two years. Over 250 occupations are described covering about 85% of all workers. Information includes career descriptions, required skills, working conditions, employment outlook, training and advancement, earnings, related occupations, and more.

O*NET: Occupational Information Network: An up-to-date information source on over 1,100 careers. Provides cross-reference information to other career resources. Also includes a skills search.

BrainTrack: BrainTrack's Career Guide helps visitors evaluate career options through a guide offering data on hundreds of careers that typically require higher education for entry or advancement. This website includes a "Career Voices" section that interviews individuals in different careers and career experts who discuss various career-related topics.

Informational Interviewing: Want to gather career information from those who are actually doing the job? Arrange an informational interview and check out this article to determine questions to ask and more.

Career Services Center: Visit our Career Services Center to discuss internships, practice interviewing skills, get help writing a resume, meet with potential employers, etc. It is never too early to stop by their office.

CAREER CONTACTS IN THE ACADEMIC COLLEGES

    Arts & Science Advising Center
    Sensenbrenner Hall 005

    414-288-5989

    Business Career Center

    Mr. Dan Ortego or Ms. Karen 

    Reinhart

    2nd Floor of Straz Hall

    414-288-7927

    Director of Student Records/Advising

    414-288-7702

    Director of Admissions

    414-288-3532

    Director of Undergraduate Advising

    414- 288-6981

    Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

    414-288-6000

    Assistant Dean of Graduate School

    414- 288-5740

    Assistant Dean

    414- 288-5053

    Director of Admissions/Recruitment

    414- 288-8062

    or

    Ms. Kim Snow

    Pre-Law Advisor, Klingler College

    414- 288-3256

    Academic Advising Coordinator

    414- 288-3827


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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.