University of Minnesota

Getting Started

You want to learn about your interests and how they relate to careers and majors?

At some point, you may have been asked, "What do you want to do for a career?"

Although that can be a difficult question to answer, you likely already have some idea of how you like to spend your free time, which can be a good indicator of the types of activities you would enjoy doing as part of a career. With a little guidance from the steps below, you can use this self-knowledge to focus on both your career and major search.

    Step One: Take an interest assessment to discover your unique "Interest Profile".

    The MnCareers Interst Assessment matches your interests with 6 different "Interest Profiles", each represented by a certain letter. By answering a few short questions, you will receive a unique letter code that matches your unique interests.

    Step Two: Use your Interest Profile code and the CAPE Major Profiles to find majors in your interest areas.

    You can search for majors that match your interest profile by visiting the CAPE Major Profiles and looking for the majors that have the same interest profile letters as your own. For example, if your interest profile is RIS, you would look for major profiles that have R,I, or S next to their title.

    Step Three: Explore the Major Profiles to learn about degree requirements, career information, related student groups, and special learning abroad information. that you know your interests and how they relate to majors, learn more about major options at the U!

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Center for Academic Planning and Exploration
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