How to choose a college major in 3 steps
In a couple of months, college students in most countries around the world will have to perform this haunting task, either as college freshman or continuing college students. This is arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. Do not rush into it, think this through. Hopefully the three steps listed below will provide some guidance.
The first step, I believe in choosing a major is examining your interests. What do you like to do? What do you see yourself doing in the next 6-10 years? What are your strengths? I’m sure you have a lot of interests, but not all of them qualify to be your major. Everyone I know has numerous interests, and you could easily major in anyone of your interests. Maybe you love to garden and also love business classes. You could major in business with the dream of starting your own gardening company. If you love science classes, you could major in horticulture – create new species of flowers.
Thankfully, almost all colleges have general education classes. It is always a good idea to take these general education classes in your freshman or sophomore year as you get to experience a wide variety of subject areas and you can easily decide which you love best.
The second thing you need to do is ask questions. There’s an African proverb that says: he who asks questions never loses his way. Look around you, there are many resources around. Speak with your high school counselor, if you’re already in college, talk to you academic advisor about majors that you’re looking into. They are professionals, and will definitely give you informed opinions.
The last and final step is research. A major is something you have to think long and hard about, you don’t just jump into it. In step 1, you wrote down a list of possible majors that you could go into. Now, look at those majors and careers that go with them. What is the job outlook for this particular major? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) is a really good place to find job-related information. What is the nature of the job, employment opportunities, earnings, training and qualifications needed for this career? These are things you really want to look at. As you do, you can cross out possible career paths that don’t look appealing off your list. I suggest you go into a field that looks very promising.
I hope I have helped. Good luck in your search for a major!!