First Year

Focus on Your Future, Assess and Explore

During your first year, connect with The Career Center, student organizations, and your academic advisor to assess your skills, interests and values, and explore options.  Here are some specific things you can do during your first year to start your journey of becoming a fulfilled, educated professional in the field of your choice.

Use FOCUS, a free web-based assessment tool to identify interests, skills and values.  Explore how you fit into different career fields.  Click HERE to access FOCUS and other career exploration assessment tools.

Research majors and related careers with online tools. Eliminate majors in which you are definitely not interested.  Review course descriptions in the academic catalog and talk to professors and friends.

Activate and complete your profile in Handshake, our career management and job-posting platform, to register for career events, find jobs and internships, and connect with our employer partners. 

Talk to your academic advisor and learn more about Millersville's majors and minors. Get to know your professors and discuss careers in your major.  Intentionally choose classes that allow you to explore areas of interest as well as fulfill general education requirements.

Make an appointment with a Career Center career coach to discuss your goals and create an experiential learning plan that could include work study, volunteer, and internship opportunities related to your interests.

View Candid Career occupation videos to learn about occupations and hear advice from our alumni. Talk to other alumni, relatives, friends and community members to find out how they chose their majors or careers, concentrating on the career areas that interest you.

Join student organizations and engage in volunteer work related to your interests.  Explore volunteer service opportunities on campus and in the community.  Find out about all of the extra-curricular activities and organizations MU has to offer at Get Involved