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NOVA Online Student Services: Exploring Majors & Careers

This guide covers a variety of topics, from study tips to choosing a career, and much more! Direct comments to


FOCUS 2 is an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system that can help students:

  • select a major based on their interests and aspirations
  • discover occupations matching their personal preferences and attributes
  • map out career plans, present and future
  • make informed career decisions

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the most authoritative resource for hundreds of occupations and describes job characteristics, work environment, qualifications, pay, and employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.  This is a free resource provided by the U.S. government.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center includes job and industry profiles; job-hunting and workplace skills; career and industry resources; and college planning and financial aid resources.  NOTE: If you would like to use Ferguson's Career Guidance Center off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your Blackboard/MyNOVA username and password.


There are several ways you can find eBooks (aka electronic books):

      Library Catalog

      eBook Databases

Here are some examples of available eBooks: