Choosing a major

Choosing a major is never easy. For most of your life, options might have seemed unlimited, and now, you have to choose what you want to do for the rest of your life, right? Well… not really. Many college graduates end up in fields totally unrelated to their major. However, it is best to ensure you make your choice wisely, in a field in which you are interested, and in which you would like to work upon graduating, if at all possible.

Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Choose something interesting, with earning potential. The best professional future is one in which you enjoy your work and get paid reasonably for it.

If you don’t know your own strengths and weaknesses, take some time to learn them. Take an aptitude test. You might find you have aptitudes for work you had not considered before.

Think outside the box. There are more jobs in the world than a PhD Professor, Lawyer, Doctor, or Accountant, regardless of what your parents might think.

Do you like to hike, how about forestry or becoming a forest ranger? Studying natural history might be just the thing for you. You like beer, how about becoming a brewer?

Perhaps you like science and helping people. Maybe nursing is for you. Nurses are in high demand, and the profession is really developing rapidly.

You love staying in B&Bs, how about owning one? Maybe a degree in hospitality is just the thing for you.

Do you want to have the flexibility to work from home? Major in digital publishing and work from anywhere in the world.

See if you can get a job or summer internship in your chosen area. This will help you make a final decision as to whether you really want to pursue that line of study and career.

Once you have decided on a future career, you need to develop a plan. The best way to do this is to meet with your college advisor, and review the courses and majors on offer. Choose those which will support your ideal career choice.

Don’t ever regret your choice. Life is about learning and responding to change. If your ideal career doesn’t work out, by getting your college degree, you will still have learned a lot and gained experience that you can put to good use in an array of job areas.

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