Purpose: This activity serves as an explanation of what you are looking for. It is an articulation of what criteria a major or career must meet in order to be a good match for you. It will include your values, interests, abilities, personal style factors and other conditions you require for a successful match. This agreement may change as you examine majors and careers and gain a more complete picture of what you need. Your Articulation Agreement will be your “measuring stick” to judge majors and careers.
As a result of this activity you will be able to:
- Judge majors as fulfilling or not fulfilling your criteria established in your Articulation Agreement.
- Rank-order options using the criteria in your Articulation Agreement.
- Clearly state what your chosen major and career will be like.
- Review all your assessments and activities that have helped you discover your skills, interests, and values.
List criteria that are important to you and relevant for choosing a major and career. These may include things like:
- Personal experience with the subject
- General interest in the subject matter
- Related career interests
- Fit with your personality style
- Use of your abilities and strengths
- Support of your life goals
- Alignment with your values
- Your “feel” of the major and career
- Write or list what you feel is important in your agreement over a period of several days. Describe why each criteria is important.
- Select a major or career choice and compare it against each of your criteria areas. Pay attention to information that support your criteria and information that disagrees with your criteria.
- Repeat this process for each major and career option.
- Rank-order your major and career options listing those that support your criteria at the top of your list.
- Describe why your top major and career options are a good fit for you using your criteria.
Example (from a student):
It was hard at first, but once the thinking started the words flowed. I came back the first time with a mess. My advisor helped me clarify my thinking and then it became fun. The first activity after my agreement was to tell people I was in different majors and watch them react. My parents were excited when I read them my agreement. I have now graduated and know that I made a good decision because my major matched me.