The Difference between Academic Advisors and Career Counselors

Academic advisors provide academic advice about degree programs, procedures and academic practices. We help students map out their academic plans, select courses and adhere to academic regulations. We can tell you the types of courses you'll take in pursuit of a degree and help you decide if those course requirements fit your skills based on previous academic performance. If you want to discuss the contents of an academic program of study, you want to see an advisor.

Career Counselors use a variety of tools to help clients clarify their knowledge about their values, interests, personality and skills. They also help clients identify options and information about their career path, which equips students to make informed decisions and transition into their ideal career. If you want to explore how your personality matches different careers, you want to see a Career Counselor.

Undeclared or Undecided?

Undeclared students are those who really don't know what major they want or who cannot decide from among a handful of choice. If you cannot decide between a major in history or a major in anthropology, then you are undeclared.

Undecided students are those who know a professional field they want to pursue but aren't sure of the specific major yet. If you know you want to get your degree in education but are not sure which major you want, you are undecided. Likewise, if you know you want a business degree but don't know which business major you want, you are undecided.

Major Exploration at the University of West Georgia

UWG students have a number of options to explore the undergraduate majors available on campus:

1. Visit an Undeclared or Undecided Advisor

The Advising Center, the College of Education Advisement Center, and the Richards College of Business all have advisors dedicated to students who are undeclared or undecided. Advisors will help you learn about the path to graduation in a major and see if that fits what you like to do in the classroom.

2. Visit a Career Counselor

Career Counselors will ask just the right questions to find out what motivates you to work hard and what kinds of jobs will be rewarding for you. Career Counselors will help you identify your priorities in a career and see how your personality matches careers that meet your priorities. Once you have a career (or two) in mind, Career Counselors will refer you to an advisor to learn about the degree(s) that help you enter your chosen career field.

3. Attend Major Things: An Advising Center Original Series

Starting Fall 2017, the Advising Center will host this series of events highlighting various interests and exploring unexpected careers that can come from unexpected majors! You will see advisors, faculty, and alumni at these events to help you realize that many times, you don't have to major in X to pursue a career in X! We'll help demystify the process of finding the major that alligns with your skills and interests!