Helping students identify their calling, one question at a time

January 29, 2010 by Alexia Severson NMSU Round Up

Learn about career assessments and services at NMSU

Freshmen are not the only students who need help deciding what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and at the Career Exploration Center at New Mexico State University, students at all levels can find career advice.

Unlike the Career Services Center, which helps students attain their desired careers, the Career Exploration Center helps students with a little less focus decide which career field to choose.

“We help students who may come in undeclared that aren’t really sure what career direction they want to go in or what they want to major in,” said Eileen Winfree, NMSU career counselor.

When students come in, trying to decide on a major, they usually start with a program called “Choices,” Winfree said, and after answering a series of questions, a list of suggested occupations is generated based on the student’s answers.

If the student is still confused after taking the computer assessment, he or she is invited to make an individual appointment for career counseling, in which the student’s options will be discussed in more detail, Winfree said.

“We do individual career counseling to find out what is challenging for [a student],” Winfree said. “We look at a student’s career interests, values, personality, and see how that fits together with a certain career.”

If a student already knows what they would like to major in, he or she may not be sure what exactly to do with that major, Winfree said. That is why the Career Exploration Center also provides in-depth descriptions of what a career entails, in order to help the student set more specific goals, Winfree said.

“This office isn’t strictly for undecided students, but also for people wanting to change their major or students who have a major such as history or anthropology, where they can do a wide variety of things within that major,” Winfree said.

Most students agree that deciding on a major is not an easy task.

“I think most people change their majors, or consider changing it,” said Greg Fowler, a junior mechanical engineering major.

Winfree said the office accepts both walk-ins and appointments, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We certainly would like to see more students,” Winfree said.

For more information about the Career Exploration Center, call 646-2241, or visit

Alexia Severson is a staff writer and can be reached at

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