What is Academic Advisement?
Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help students reach their educational and career goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an adviser and the student. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to make decisions about his/her life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals.
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Academic advisers can assist in this process by helping the student understand options, determine resources and, when necessary, identify alternatives.
While students are urged to keep parents informed of plans and progress, the advising relationship uniquely is between the academic adviser and the student.
What is My Academic Advisement Responsibility?
Just like you have a syllabus in a course, the Office of Academic Services provides an advising syllabus which will help you understand the academic advising process and your responsibility within that process.
with your academic advisor
Figuring out your major can be hard. Here are some tips on how to go about figuring it all out.
Start by becoming more self-aware.
You can do this by trying to answer these questions first:
- What are you willing to work hard at?
- What do you enjoy spending your time doing?
- What skills do you have or are willing to work on?
Explore Career options based on your interests, values, and future plans
- What kind of job would you like to have after you graduate from college?
- What environment do you see yourself working in? (bank, school, university, lab, hospital, government agency, etc.)
- What life style do you want to have? Do you want to travel for work? Do you want traditional hours (9-5) or do you prefer to work evenings, weekends, overnight?
- Do you find the career valuable? Is the role important in our society and important for you and your self-worth?
Take advantage of the following resources on campus:
- bi-annual major/minor fair- each fall and spring semester OAS hosts a fair that features faculty and staff from all the academic departments on campus to speak to students about their major and the career options available with that major
- visiting with a career advisor at the Career Development Center and taking a career inventory assessment
- researching careers on BLS.gov
As an NCAS or UC student, you have an advisor in our office as well as in your major/second concentration. If you require advising specific to your major/second concentration, you must contact that department directly.