What should I do in order to simplify my preference if I have several majors in mind that are very different?
As I explored more majors and explored all my interests and how I could pursue them, I settled on a couple which I was told is expected. The thing is my options are extremely varied and do not relate to each other at all which is now causing a problem as i'm choosing my classes for my future years. What I have in mind is either Cybersecurity or Digital Forensics, Forensics, Medicine and healthcare, or journalism. I extremely enjoy and excel in all of these majors' equivalent classes such as computer science, English, and Biology and also enjoy researching and learning about such ideas and participating in clubs or activities relating to them. Is there any major I should be considering which would include all and what are the pros and cons of each?
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Which field you are most passionate about? Can you work day in and day out on a given task and not miss otherworldly pleasures. If yes, you arre headed in the right direction.
Even if you are passionate about a particular field, you may lack certain skills to excel in that area. Determine if you have the right set of skills to work in the field of your interest.
The devil is in the details. A certain field may seem very interesting until you find out what actually it involves. The job of a robotics engineer seems very interesting. But when you find out the details you will see it requires understanding of material science, advanced mathematics and physics, you may or may not be interested to study those. Understanding your field of interest in depth will give you a clarity for taking decisions.
The boring tasks
Event the most interesting job that you are passionate about, will involve a lot of side tasks which may be monotonic/ uninteresting and difficult. Find out what those are for your field of interest. Talk to people in industry who have at least 5-10 years of experience. See if you could power through those uninteresting jobs to work on something you are passionate about.
Find out which field is going to boom in future and which may go obsolete. Again you need to talk to industry experts to get some understanding of where the industry is heading. Find out what all career options you have if you choose to study a particular subject. There are a lot of jobs that exist today which may get automated tomorrow and will not require human intervention. You may want to avoid such fields.
But most importantly, remember that the most important part is getting a college degree. Many of us go in to careers in different fields and certainly don't know what the future holds - so must get some degree. Follow your passion - and your passion may change over time.
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Although others may ask you to consider what the career prospects are for a particular path, I would ask someone unsure of their future or even just college major(s) to consider what they do in their spare time. What excites you? What do you do without a class assignment requiring it? For one person, it may be coding and developing websites. For another, it may be taking care of sick animals. Finding those passions or interests - especially the ones that have been there throughout your life, even if you don't realize it right away - will help to keep you going for all of the parts of your future job that you don't love.
Remember that a lot of working professionals - myself included - are working in completely different roles than what they would have planned on in college. You might have to redefine and figure out what's next several times in your life and that's okay.
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