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How To Choose The Right Major

Updated on December 16, 2011

How to choose the right major is a very common question among college students. It is a very normal to be "undecided" and it's okay.

You may be undecided because you are interested in more than one subject and choosing between the two topics can be hard, especially when you love them both. But I'm going to tell you just like I tell my students, "Hey, you can do both, but just attack them one at a time."

You are not limited when it comes down to knowledge and the things that you want to learn. There are also many schools out here that will allow you to do a major and a minor. Typically, you will need some elective credits in order to graduate and you can use those course electives to take other classes that may interest you as well.

Here you will learn a few tips that will help you learn how to choose the right major for "you".

Several Tips for Choosing The Right College Major

Ultimately, the final decision will rest with you in regards to which route you take. The first thing to do when choosing the right college major is putting the money aside.

I say this because some people choose careers and majors based on the amount of money they will make. This factor can cause confusion and is one of the number 1 reasons why students change their minds about their major.

Understand that typically, what you have always wanted to be growing up is your true passion and if you can physically make this happen go for it! Don't allow nothing to change your mind. You want a job that will make you happy and that you enjoy doing, not only for the money!

However, sometimes things happen in our lives that gives us no other choice but to find a new direction. If you are in this type of situation start by thinking about the following things:

  1. Do I want to work outside or in an office?
  2. Do I want to be the boss or just go to work and go home?
  3. Do I like working with kids?
  4. Do I really like working with people or do I just want to do work in the background and don't really want to be in people's face all day?
  5. Can I stand for long periods of time, do I want to sit all day, or do I need a combination of both?
  6. Do I like law?
  7. Do I like helping others?
  8. Do I like the medical field?
  9. How much time in school I'm I really going to stick with?

These questions aren't the say all be all, but you need to do some soul searching. Finding out your likes and dislikes will definitely put you on the right path to choosing the right college major for "you".

Another thing that you can do is take a career assessment test. There are free career assessment test all over the Net. Take the FREE MAPP Assessment and see what it says. It might confirm what you already were thinking ;)

Another place you can look for further research in regards to future outlook (is the career field you're interested in going to be around in the future) is Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Don't let this site scare you. I know it looks confusing if you just go to the main page, but you the link provided and it will take you directly to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for you to review different types of careers.

If you can think of other ways to help students choose the right major please share. I know these where the things that I have used and my student's use them today. What did you do to help you choose the right college major?

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is important information for kids these days especially. College is expensive and many have to pay through loans for a long time! I will be thinking about your question. Thanks for sharing.

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