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Is it normal to change your career path when youre already halfway through college?

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I have an idea of what i want to do in the future but i dont know what im going to do if i change my mind halfway through college #college #career-choice #career-path #major #career-change #career-plan

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Wayne’s Answer

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Planning ahead is necessary if you are going to achieve any significant goals. However, things change and circumstances interrupt. Passions evolve and change over time with increased experiences and knowledge. It is true that "The only constant in this world is change." It is very common for college students to change majors in the middle of their college experience. You will find that college councilors will encourage new students to take the general education classes that are common to most degrees during the first couple years because of the frequency of which passions change. I personally changed my Major 4 times (once each semester) during my first 2 years and still got out in 4 yrs. Even if you end up taking a few extra classes, you have learned something. It is not even uncommon for people with degrees to decide on a different career after they graduate. What is important is that you don't settle. Keep your options open and talk to councilors, recruiters, other students and professors. Use your time to get an understanding of what is really involved in the job/career you are seeking and in the process you may surprise yourself and find something you like even more. Good luck!

Gary Stephen’s Answer

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Hi, I think college is the time for you to figure out what you like, and don't like...and a good time to make a change, rather than continue and be in a field that you do not like. You are young, when you are in your 50s (like me), you will look back and you don't want to regret not making a change when you were younger. I would suggest speaking to your family, friends and college adviser...you may be surprised how many of your credits transfer to your new degree. good luck!

holie’s Answer

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One of the key things you should consider is when to change. Don't rush into a major just because everyone asks you "what is your major?" A major is not a life sentence either. It is just a concentration that proves you can focus energies and apply yourself. Nevertheless if you are within your first 60 credits, you have a better chance of moving your credits and course work around to other majors or programs of study than if you are already taking major or upper level courses you no longer have interest in nor may the credits be applicable when you change your major. One can also check for the Best Transfer Courses and seek help from sources.

Felicia G’s Answer

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Hi Aylin! On average, students change their major 4 to 5 times during their college career. I strongly suggest that young people take a career assessment and talk to an academic advisor prior choosing a major. A good place to start to look at your strengths, interests and abilities is www.mynextmove.org