This is the paralyzing fear of every college student. First, choosing a major is rife with uncertainty. You don’t really know what you are getting yourself into. However at some point you take a deep breath, choose something, and dive in and plow ahead. When you come up for air and look around, you realize you hate your major, but you just put years of work into it. Turning back now and choosing something else means tacking on years to your college experience. Maybe you don’t have the energy for it, or maybe you don’t have the financial resources. A feeling of dread hits your stomach. What have you done?
Finish What You Started
If this realization hits you at a point where you are closer to graduation then not and changing your course is not an option, then suck it up and finish what you started. A college degree that you hate is better than having nothing in your hand. That and dropping out right before the finish line and flushing down years of work won’t get you anything. It says a lot about your character that you can complete something you find undesirable. Life will throw a lot of undesirables at you, at least now you can start learning how to deal with them wisely.
All is Not Lost
Now take a deep breath and calm down. You are not going to be stuck doing a job you hate for the rest of your days. Life is far more flexible than that. Head on over to the career center and ask about the profile of your major and what jobs are associated with it. (You should have done this during the process of choosing a major, whether it was in high school or your first year at college). Review again all the different job options you have with this degree. You will probably be surprised at the range of options and flexibility that you forgot about. Just because you studied management and hated it, doesn’t mean you can’t go into P.R.
Get that Internship
Try lots of different internships to find out what you do like. Maybe the thought of sitting in an office all day chained to a computer fills you with dread. However, you start an internship and realize that a nice office environment is right up your ally after all.
A Degree Proves that You Know How to Learn
That college degree is worth more than the major printed on it. It proves that you can stick out a tough, challenging environment for four years. It proves you know how to work hard. It proves above all else, that you know how to learn, and learn fast.
Talk to some people who have been in the career world for a while. Ask them what they majored in. Then ask them what they actually do for a living. You will find more college English majors working as a VP of Sales than you think.