It's one of the first big independent decisions of your academic life. Most likely your parents have hammered into you, choosing a major in college is an important decision. It's important to listen to your parents' concerns and advice. However, it's important for you to remember it's ultimately your major. You will have to do the work and ultimately leverage that major as you transition into the workforce.
WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS?
The first thing to consider when picking a major is what you like to do. By the time you graduate high school you’ll have enough information and experience from your classes to figure out what you might or might not be interested in pursuing. When choosing the right career path for you, the most important thing that you need to remember is to stick to your interests.
• LIST 10 THINGS YOU LOVE – Listing what you love doing, both inside or outside the classroom, is a great way to see possible paths you can take. If you enjoy art and drawing but you’re also interested in technology, consider majoring in graphic design. If you’re into business and traveling, investigate majoring in international business.
• STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – Figuring out your strengths and weaknesses can help you assess what kind of major to go into. For example, if public speaking isn’t really your thing, you might want to avoid majors that could lead to careers like being a news anchor or spokesperson. When it comes to your qualities, pay attention to how you respond in certain situations. Are you the type of person that aims for perfection? Do you respond well to pressure? Your answers to these questions will help you figure out the next step after you’ve determined your interests.
• BE PATIENT – Decide on what type of business you want to be involved in and then get the necessary knowledge and develop the skills needed to make it happen. Don’t decide on your career path just because you’re being pressured by your parents. Your ahead of the game, you've got plenty of time out to figure out what you really want to do. Making a career out of what you love doing is not as easy as you may think. Expect to encounter a few bumps in the road while you’re treading down the path that you’ve chosen. Give it time and continue striving to achieve what you’ve envisioned for yourself. Besides, success is always sweeter when you know that you’ve worked really hard for it.
• JOB SHADOWING BENEFITS – Job shadowing is a useful way to learn about a particular job of interest. It involves spending time following a professional in that job. By observing the life of the professional for anywhere from a few hours to as long as a week, you'll get a sense of what that job is really like. By providing a snapshot of a day in the life of an experienced professional, it can help you decide whether or not you think you would enjoy and feel passionate about the job. It also can help you decide if your skills match the career field of interest and how your skills from school and other jobs might translate to this job.
• TAP YOUR SCHOOLS RESOURCES – The best source of college advice is your school counselor. They’ve helped lots of students who are making the same decisions you are. Your school counselor can tell you more about college majors and program offerings. Your school counselor are trained to give you the best advice as to how that would impact your chances of finishing school in a reasonable amount of time. You deserve to have a successful academic experience wherever you go to school. Fortunately, your school counselor feel the same way regarding your success in school. Students who do well in a particular program will recommend other people for that program. This helps both the student and the school get better and set a foundation for long-term success for everyone involved. Therefore, your school counselor will do everything that they can to make sure that you graduate with a degree that will suit your future career goals and aspirations.
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John recommends the following next steps:
- Don’t let anyone crush your dreams, keep in mind there is a huge difference between a childhood dream and a dream job.
- Do what you love, don’t let anyone jeopardize your career choices, including yourself.
- Don’t rely on fate for your career. Professional success is about putting yourself in a position to create opportunities.
- Do what you have to do to determine what type of job will make you feel happy and fulfilled.