One of the hardest parts of going to college is choosing a major and figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life. You’re so young and you are expected to have everything figured out, or if feels this way at least.
Choosing a major is a big deal because your entire career depends on what you major in most cases.
The good thing is that you can switch majors as many times as you need and that it is completely normal to do so.
Most college students have changed their majors at least once or twice.
However, there are still people out there that have stuck with heir major from day one and I am sure that has benefited them in some ways.
You need to research and really look into all the different jobs and careers out there so that you know you’re going down the right path.
Some of the first things that you can do are figure out what you don’t want to major in.
If you know you don’t like seeing blood and you aren’t a fan of science, then you probably shouldn’t go down any path that has to do with the medical field. If you don’t like math and science, then you probably shouldn’t be an engineer.
Once you figure out what you don’t want to do, things may get a little clearer. Here are some tips on figuring out what to major in if you are in high school about to enter college or if you’re in college and confused.
The best thing that you can start doing first is researching all the different majors that are at the college(s) you want to attend.
Once you know that then you will want to figure out what career paths those majors lead to.
If money is a factor, make sure that you also look up all the different salaries that go along with the career paths of each major.
Many schools also offer either an “undecided” or “exploration” major. This just means that you don’t declare a major and that you are just exploring all of the different majors.
Some schools also offer undecided majors within the specific college you are thinking about.
Undecided means that if you know you want to be in business, but you don’t know exactly what you want to do, you can be a “business undecided major”.
Make sure that you research all of this and you know what the school you’re going to actually offers. The biggest and most important part is that you actually think about the career you would get with this major. If you are looking into a professional school after undergraduate school, makes sure this major fulfills those requirements. You don’t want to get stuck with a degree that doesn’t end up getting you a job.
There are many online career tests that will have you fill out different things about your personality and academics and tell you what majors and careers it thinks suits you. Obviously, this isn’t always accurate and is just an online test, but if you are stuck it might give you some ideas that you haven’t thought about.
Sometimes if you take the ACT or different tests through your school, they will also send you career information that they believe sits you. This isn’t an exact science and doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of doing other things, it just is giving you some ideas.
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You can schedule a visit to your intended school that is specifically for certain majors. Talking to tour guides, advisors, and students within the major that you are thinking about can make a really big difference in your decision.
I was dead set on being an engineering major until I went on the visit. After being there and talking to the people within that major, I realized that it wasn’t for me. You would rather figure all of this out sooner rather than later so that you aren’t taking classes that you don’t need.
Even if you aren’t so sure about the major that you applied for or are thinking about declaring, just go on a visit and see what you think after. Maybe you will realize you really like the people and the environment, or maybe you will realize after talking to them that specific major isn’t meant for you.
Grades and Test Scores
You want to make sure that you are choosing a major that you are capable of doing. You don’t want to choose something where you are ultimately going to fail or not make into the actual major.
It is okay to admit that we aren’t the best at everything or that we can’t do everything. Research the statistics and make sure that you will be able to be successful in the major of your choosing. Don’t be afraid to push and challenge yourself to a certain extent. Just don’t choose something where you might fail.
This also means that you don’t want to choose something super easy just because you don’t want to try. Use your intelligence to the best of your ability. Grades and test scores can be a good example of showing you what you are good at and what you are capable of. Focus on your strengths and see where it gets you, but don’t forget about your weaknesses.
What is Your Passion?
It is also important to understand that you want to actually like your job. If you are going to pay for all of this schooling and spend all of these years studying and working hard, you want it to be for something that you actually like doing.
This is your life so choose what you want to do not what everyone around you wants to do. Your parents do not get to determine your future. If you have a passion and you believe that you can make money and be able to live, then you should go for it.
If you had a job in high school, think about how much time you spent there. You are going to be spending even more time at your real job in the future. You want this time to be spent doing something that you like, love, or at least care about. You will want to work. Harder in school if you know that you are working towards something you are passionate about.
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If you have any sort of idea about what you want to major in or what you want your future career to be, you can always try and shadow someone in high school. Seeing that their job is like in real life can be a lot different than on television or just what you are picturing in your head.
This can make all the difference in the world because it could be the first time that you are actually seeing this job done in real life. This person can also tell you what it’s like to actually be doing this job. They can tell you about the hours, the pay, and what they like and don’t like about it.
Taking all of these advantages in high school can make such a difference. But you still have plenty of time to do this and figure out your life in college. If you are a college student who is confused about your major, don’t be afraid to shadow other careers and find out what you want to do with your life.
Don’t be afraid to switch majors because this is your degree and your life. You want to be doing something that you are good at and what you like for the rest of your life.
Talk to Your Counselors, Teachers, or Advisors
Talking to the faculty at your high school or college can always help you. They have been through this before and probably helped many others too. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions because that is what they are there for and more than likely they want to help you.
Everyone around you wants you to succeed so don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Asking friends or family that have been through college can be an eye-opener and make you think. This is a big decision and you want to take as much time and ask as many questions as you need.
Overall there are many different things that you can do to help you figure out what you want to major in during college and find out what career you want in the future. Just make sure that you are focusing on yourself and choosing something that you want, not what others want you to do.
Take the time to research, go on visits, and ask questions because this is one of the biggest decisions you’ve made in your life so far. College is a time full of change and decisions, but it is also a time for you to figure out your passions and really discover who you are as a person. Don’t lose sight of that.