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How Do I Pick A Major and Career?

Updated on May 17, 2013

How Do I Pick My Major and Career?

If you were like me in high school or even in my early twenties I did not know what I wanted to do. I had an idea but not the practical sense of how to get to what I wanted. I wanted to do what I wanted to do in my own time and have the money to do it. However, to get there I needed a now job just to get by so I can get a now education. The old days of high school and easy street were over. It was time to grow up and make a real decision. What career/major do I pick?


You may be a great athlete but really don't know if you can make it to the pros. Here is an idea if you love sports why not try sports medicine? Then again that may not be something you want to do for the rest of your life. You may want to go into business for yourself. So what kind of degree do you need to help you get there?

Then again you may be like me. I am one of those people that are good at a lot of things but cannot do them all. The problem wasn't that I was good at so many things but I couldn't decide on one thing to do. Have you heard of the phrase "Jack of all trades, master of none."? So deciding was my problem. It may be yours as well. Don't worry because many people do have the hardest time with that one hard question. - What career/major do I pick?

I found something that helped answer this question for me. I have passed it on to other friends that are having a hard time as well. It is a guide to help with the career choice based on me and how I am. You don't want me to be your accountant, but I could do great as a business manager. Why is that? Well I don't have the temperament for it but that is it. That is where the question came up - what career is a good for me based on my temperament?


I researched it and found an online career quiz. There are many out there but this one helped me focus on my true emotions, thoughts and feelings about different situations. It helped pinpoint my temperament and character and provided me with about 10 different career choices that I could enjoy and stick with. I found that there are different ones out there and are very similar, but I do have some recommendations.


The next step after you do the quiz is to choose your career choice from the list provided. Now nurse and car mechanic can be in the same result. So it is not laid out for you and then a voice says go be such and such. You have to think. You have to break down each option. Some you may mark off right away. That is fine. Others you may have never thought about. There may be one that you wrote off long ago and this may re-trigger your interest in it again. However, this does make the long list of careers shorter and give you some direction to get started.


The next step is to take the careers on your list and look at their estimated salaries. You can do this by searching on the Internet by putting the name of the job and salary. This should help you break down the list based on the amount of income you need.

The final step is to look at the the time it takes to get a degree for that career. This will help you determine if you have the time it will take to get you to your goal, or if you need to look else where. Remember this is not an automatic answer to the age old question but it will help guide you to an answer.

Some people pick degrees that doesn't earn much money or not at all. Others pick ones that they do not enjoy and quit. I want you to be happy and successful. Money will not make you happy, and neither will a good job. However, it will help get you there.


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