For some people, picking a major is a choice they’ve made since grade school.
For others, it is the hardest decision of their lives. I could tell you how one of the fastest growing careers is Computer Networking or that Paralegals study for just 9 months and make on average more than $40,000 a year. That’s all well and good for some, but is it suitable for you? The most important thing is, making sure that you find what’s right for you.
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Don’t panic. I feel like I should get this out as soon as possible. There is going to be a lot majors flying at you from all directions. Parents, friends, and teachers will all be giving you their opinions on what is the best field to study in. There’s nothing wrong with listening to their suggestions; they probably have more experience than you do and offer sound advice. The important thing is to not let their different opinions add to your indecisiveness and stress you out even more.
REMEMBER: Choosing a major isn’t a decision that will be carved in stone. You CAN change majors. Most students do so after their freshman year.
2. Evaluate yourself. The major that you choose should strike a balance between where your interests lie and what skills you excel in. Ask yourself: What types of things spark an interest in you? What types of jobs or careers can you see yourself working at? Now take those answers and combine them with these questions: What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
You can even use your high school experience as a guide. What class did you like the most? Which did you excel at?
3. Review your options. Not all colleges have every discipline, subject or major. Before choosing a college major, you need to gather detailed information about the courses offered in the respective colleges. For this, you will need to apply a bit of effort. The Internet is probably the best resource you have to find the right school for you. Are you completely sure you want attend a college campus, or would online classes suit your needs better?
4. Career investigation. Another step would be to explore what you value in work. Do you enjoy helping people? Can you work under pressure? Are job stability and security the most important thing to you, or is it a good schedule? Again, use the Internet at your disposal to look into different careers. Don’t just look at which ones might be fun, look for the ones that you can see yourself doing for a long time.
5. Be Realistic. Now is the time to honestly evaluate the options you chose. You might be interested in the Arts, but can you see yourself pursuing a a full time job with it? You really respect doctors and you would like to be one, but you can’t the deal with the “science” part of studying? Does the career you chose require graduate study? Are you willing to dedicate 4+ years to obtain it? Sure, there will always be excuses for not entering a certain program. It’s you responsibility to pick the ones you can get around of.
Picking majors will always be a harrowing experience. Use these tips to help you make the right choice. Always remember, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how much money you make. What truly matters is if you come home satisfied and happy.