Choosing a college major is a big decision that can be pretty nerve racking! I think it is important to choose a subject that you enjoy, that you are good at, and that will challenge you! Here are a few of the biggest things that you need to do to help you choose the right college major for you!
Pick a future career:
Picking a major is almost impossible unless you’ve already chosen what career field you want to go into after you graduate college. Knowing your desired career field will help you choose a major that relates well and that can get you into the career of your dreams. If you are unsure of what you want to do yet, I would suggest that you first gather a few future career options. These could be a wide variety or they could all be in the same career field! If they are all in the same career field, then picking your desired major shouldn’t be too tough.
If your possible career options are in a wide variety of fields, I want you to ask yourself a few questions. What are you good at? What do you like about each career field option? Then, write down few pros and cons of each. Writing all of these out will really help you narrow things down.
Talk to your parents, an advisor, or someone you look up to
Next, I want you to talk to adults that you trust to help you with this big decision. Your parents, school counselor, and someone else you look up to would all be great for this. Ask what they think about each of your options, talk to them about your pros and cons of each, ask them if they can help you talk things out. They will give you their best opinion because they care about your success. Plus, they will love and support you no matter what you choose. Another great person to talk to would be someone in each of your career field options! Getting real life advice about their decision could help you with yours!
Ask the tough question
Which one could you see yourself doing for the rest of your life? Which one are you most passionate about? I know these are big questions, but they are important. Another thing to consider is the salary of each. I don’t want you to focus on the money, but I do want you to understand that job salary is important because it dictates the kind of lifestyle that you will have.
Take time to think about your options
This is a huge decision. I don’t want you to rush it. Take the time to research information. Think about why each career field would work for you. Consider what your parents, advisor, and important influences thought. Look at your pros and cons list.
Choose what works best for you
Once you’ve thought everything out, I want you to pick what is best for you! In the end, you will have to deal with whatever career you choose. It is your life so choose what fits best with you.
Choose your major:
Now that you know what you want to do with your life, you can actually choose your major! Look at your career option and decide what major would help you get to where you want to be. Looking at getting into graduate school? Then you need to know which major is most competitive for your desired career! Talking to others in your career field and asking what majors they recommend could be really helpful!
I chose to be a biology major because I knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist. I also knew that getting into physical therapy graduate school was really hard, so I wanted to have the most competitive major in the field. Since being a biology major is one of the most favorable majors for physical therapy graduate schools, I decided to go for it. I’ve always enjoyed science courses, so I figured that this would work well for me! Although I knew it would be tough, I also knew that it was what I had to do in order to reach my career goal.
At first, I was only a biology major. Then, as I started taking classes, I decided to become a psychology minor as well. I did this because I thought that having a major and a minor would look great on my graduate school applications. I also needed to fill some of my upper-level electives and found that psychology was really interesting to me. Plus, by the time I chose to become a psychology minor, I really only had to add one or two extra courses into my degree plan. So this really worked out well for me! Now, I’ve already been accepted into my top physical therapy graduate program, and I am looking forward to starting physical therapy school in August 2017 then graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in three years!
I hope this post helps give you a few ideas on how to choose the right college major for you! This is a big decision, and I want you to make the right choice! If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to email me your question at email@example.com!
Have you chosen your college major yet? I would love to hear what you decided and why!
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