Helping Undecided Students Decide on a Major for Career Success

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As anyone who works with high school or college students knows, working with undecided students is the mainstay of our work as career counselors and coaches. When I was the director of career services at a community college in PA, about 50% of the students I saw needed some kind of help deciding on a major.

This course offers an introductory overview of the issues involved in college student indecision with regard to selection of major. The purpose of this course is to provide career counseling and coaching professionals with basic career development theories and practical strategies to help students/clients decide on a college major.

Your Instructor: Mary Ghilani

Mary E. Ghilani, M.S., NCC, has 28 years of experience in higher education. She retired from Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania as director of career services. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, career counseling, job search strategies, and retirement counseling. She is the author of How To Choose Your MajorWorking in Your MajorSecond Chance10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce, Web-Based Career Counseling and numerous career-related articles.  She can be reached at

In this course you will be able to:

  Know the most common reasons for student indecision with regard to selection of major.

  Identify the major career development theories used today.

  Learn about and apply the four steps involved in career decision-making.

  Assess a student’s readiness for career decision-making.

  Identify commonly used career assessment tools and their uses.

  Learn strategies to help students who are “stuck” in career indecision.

  Identify web and print occupational resources.