Choosing a College Major
How do I choose what to do? What should be my major?
Biologist, psychologist, writer, artist, photographer, park ranger, environmental scientist, musician, botanist, computer programmer, film maker, police detective, counselor…oh the options are endless!
Some questions to consider.
- Do you work well with people?
- Do you like a faced paced environment or slow and easy?
- Do you like to work with your hands?
- Does your strength lie in technology and numbers?
- Would you like to work outdoors?
- Do you want to work with plants or animals?
- Do you want to live in the city or in a rural area?
- Do you enjoy working with children?
- Do you want to help people?
- Do you have a creative passion?
- Do you like to paint or throw pots?
What is your passion?
Follow the path of your passion, the experts say, even if you are unsure about where it might lead, and what starting salary it might yield. Those factors won’t matter in the long run many advisers say.
Tips for choosing a Major.
- Get to know yourself
- During your general education core, explore different classes such as writing, psychology, history, biology, environmental science, art…explore subjects.
- Talk to professional in the fields you might be interested.
- Volunteer somewhere in a field you might be interested in pursuing.
- Attend seminars on campus in a variety of fields to see if they pique your interest.
- See advisors in your field of interest and then try someone else.
One of the most important skills you will learn in college in how to analyze problems. Employers are looking for people who can solve problems, communicate effectively, and transfer skills. You major does not necessarily determine the kinds of work you will do. Most employers are looking for people who have potential to learn and a positive attitude. Employers look for critical thinking, discipline, responsibilities and effectiveness of working with others.
The goal is to choose a major wisely and not spend unnecessary extra time and money in college. Please see advisors on campus to discuss this important decision.