Getting Started

I have so many interests, but I don’t know what I want to major in.
I don’t know what I want to do this summer, let alone after college.
I love my major, but I don’t know how it relates to work after graduation.


Over the course of your life, you will probably have several distinct careers; these changes occur naturally as you grow both professionally and personally. While some people have one extraordinary talent that makes them ideally suited for a certain kind of work, most Scripps students have multiple talents, aptitudes and abilities that can be applied to many different occupations.

Part of exploring your career options comes from cultural and academic influences and personal and family values, but also through your individual experiences at Scripps. CP&R can help you through career counseling starting with a self-assessment and then developing a personalized detailed action plan.

My Liberal Arts Major

Your liberal arts major does not dictate your career. A degree from Scripps offers you a comprehensive education emphasizing analytical, critical thinking and communication skills, qualities that companies value in new employees. You will continue to build these skills outside the classroom through part-time jobs, student organizations, volunteer work, and similar experiences.

Trust your instincts — choose a major that challenges your abilities and stimulates your interest. Talk to your academic adviser, faculty, and other students to explore majors and their course requirements. Get involved in communities here that excite you.

Framing Your “I Don’t Know”

Not knowing what you want to do or what your interests are is okay. No one, including CP&R, expects you to have a fully developed plan. We want to help you find a way to ask for help anyway. Rather than answering “I don’t know” when people ask about what you want to do, start by offering what you do know.  Adding a little substance to your response allows for better follow-up questions and can often spark new ideas.

“I’m still exploring ideas right now, but I’m really enjoying my music classes and would like to be back in Seattle this summer.”

If you are truly stuck, you might consider turning the tables and asking a question that helps build the conversation.

“I’m still exploring ideas right now.  How did you typically spend your summers in college?”

Conduct a self-assessment to identify some initial skills and interests or schedule an appointment with a career counselor.