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Published November 02, 2022
By Sophia F.
Most people believe that thinking, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up” becomes obsolete the older you get, but that’s not true. These career aspirations change and develop over time and tend to leave us feeling like we’re having a midlife crisis because we just don’t know what we want to do. However, that is completely normal and there is no need to stress.
The University of Wyoming has several resources available to you to help you find an answer to this age-old question and will set you on the right path to success – even if you still want to be a rockstar, astronaut, or doctor! I think my dreams of becoming a weather woman with amazing fashion while lawyering might be over, but I know I’ll still get taken care of at UW.
The beauty of college is that you have the option to explore several career plans, degree programs, majors, minors and several other avenues. Here at the University of Wyoming, there are over 200 areas of study to explore and none of them fall short of incredible! With majors ranging from accounting and communications all the way to zoology and theatre, your options are limitless as a Cowboy.
You’ve explored all the career plans available to you, what’s the next step? One great thing about the University of Wyoming is that you can begin your time here with an undeclared major in the undergraduate program. This sets you up with advisors and base-level classes that oftentimes act as prerequisites for upper-division classes.
With classes such as MUSC 1009, The Roots of Country Music, Astronomy 1050, Survey of Astronomy and others, there are options that are nothing short of exciting to begin your time as a UW student. There’s literally a class for anything you can think of, so explore those subjects and find what inspires you.
Our dedicated team of academic advisors here at UW are available and ready to take on any task, helping you explore all the possibilities available to you whether you’re an incoming student or going into the remaining semesters of your undergraduate degree. Undeclared or not, the advice that your academic advisors give to you is some of the most beneficial – and they’ll even help you answer the question “what if I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up?”
The Advising, Career and Exploratory Studies office, also known as ACES, offers more than just academic advising. With career resources and the exploratory studies program available for students to enroll in if they’re still trying to figure it all out, the ACES office has all the tools to help you answer all your life’s questions.
All the colleges at UW provide their own departmental advisors beyond those in the ACES office and some even offer supplemental resources catered to your potential career path! The College of Business is home to the Student Success Center, which provides extra support and resources to students looking to take the extra leap toward success. The Susan McCormack Center for Student Success housed in the College of Engineering and Applied Science also helps students develop their full potential through active involvement in your education and career planning.
The School of Energy Resources provides additional resources through the Research Centers of Excellence and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is home to the Ruckelshaus Institute. Both are incredible resources to utilize to further your knowledge through hands-on research!
Now that you’ve picked your major, maybe even added on a minor or two, you’re set on a path to success in your undergrad career, but now you’ve decided graduate school should be in your future. Once again, the University of Wyoming has got you covered! With over 90 programs of graduate study, you can get anything from an MBA to a Ph.D. Much like the 200 different programs offered for undergraduate study at UW, you’ll have advisors and mentors to help you along every step of the way!
However, if getting a higher degree isn’t for you, there are plenty of services at UW to help you make that next step into the workforce. Your academic advisor and the ACES office are ready to ensure that you’re prepared to enter the workforce with mock job interviews, resume and cover letter help, and plenty of career fairs where you can meet employers in almost any career field! On top of helping you while you’re in school, UW is ready to help you become a successful employee!
Whatever amount of time you do at UW, we have all the resources and tips and tricks to help set you on the right track to success. With career plans, a wide variety of majors, minors and programs of study, as well as some of the best advisors, UW can help you become whatever you want to be – even if it’s something as wild as a lawyer-fashion designer-weather woman!