What I always like to tell people is that you need to look 10-20 years in the future and think about your dream job. What makes you happy right now that you think you could make a career out of? This is one of the key questions you should think about when deciding what you want to major in. College has so many choices and I assure you that if you look at all the majors offered in your dream school, you will find one.
Now, the reason you NEED to choose your career is also due to the fact that:
1. It may or may not require college in the first place, so you need to see what kind of education or experience you need to get to achieve your goals.
2. You want to see what kind of lifestyle you will live depending on your career. Traveling careers such as pilot, military, traveling nurse, and many more have a much different lifestyle than computer science, IT, business, etc.
3. You want to make sure you have a plan to base your life after high school off of and if possible, you would want a backup plan as well. Choosing your career sooner than later is beneficial, but not necessary, but make sure not to mistake this as advice to just major in something such as General Studies or Liberal Arts, unless you plan on getting a Master's or PhD in something more specific.
4. You want to be sure you will have a stable life for yourself in the future, you want to be prepared to choose a career that has many opportunities, or if it is in a niche environment, then you must be ready to improve your resume/portfolio early on.
I suggest you look into jobs that you think would make you happy and would be sustainable for you in the future and then based off of that, you find a major that will give you the opportunity to achieve that career.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR SELECTING A MAJOR
When selecting a major, it is important to consider certain aspects of a field of study, such as your interests, your ability to do well and the job outlook, to determine if it is the right career path for you.
CAREER INTERESTS – If you are considering a particular major because it is a requirement for your career path, it is hopefully something that interests you. If it doesn't, it might be prudent to either reconsider your occupation or determine if there are alternative areas of study that interest you more. It will be nearly impossible to do well in school while studying something that bores you.
CHANCES OF SUCCESS AT OBTAINING THE DEGREE – The area of study you are considering may seem interesting, but consider if earning the degree is realistic. For example, to earn a business degree with a major in marketing, you will also need to take and excel at accounting, economics, and statistics classes. If you are weak in mathematics, you may find these courses difficult and not get the high grades required to succeed in this field of study.
CHANCES OF FINDING EMPLOYMENT – When determining your career path, make sure to select a major that not only fits your interests and aptitude but increases your chances of finding employment that relates to your chosen career. Research degrees held by people in your area of interest.
MAJORS THAT OFFER MORE THAN ONE CAREER OPPORTUNITY – Some individuals choose majors solely based on an interest in the course material. It is especially common with liberal arts subjects. While it's important to have an interest in the subject matter, it's also important to connect your education with your career goals. Find out what graduates who studied in this area have gone on to do. Then make sure at least one of those options, if not more, are suitable careers for you.
OTHER BENEFITS OF THE MAJOR – Consider if your major will lock you into a certain career or if it will prepare you for alternative options in case you want to change careers in the future. In addition to attaining hard skills, also known as technical skills, also amass valuable soft skills, such as communication, leadership, and time management. They will be useful and serve as a good foundation in any career.
GRADUATE SCHOOL – Consider whether you can get a good job solely with your undergraduate degree. Some majors have minimal opportunities for those who have only a bachelor's degree and also require a graduate degree. If yours does, find out if a particular area of undergraduate study is required for admission to graduate school and choose your major based on that information.
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Great question and you already have some fabulous answers here from others.
As John mentioned, due to the high cost of tuition, it’s best if you can choose a major based on your objectives and goals.
I learned this the hard way, but everything worked out well in the end. I majored in Music my first two years of college, but then completed my BA in Organizational Management. After my first two years in college, I learned that I loved music as a skill and hobby but didn’t necessarily want a career in this. I play the piano and it has even been helpful in the past as a part-time job here, making additional cash for playing at events or services.
I now have a career in Corporate Social Responsibility and helping connect our employees to programs and opportunities that help others and make a difference our world. And I still get to use what I learned in my music education on the side, as a hobby and in volunteer work I do.
I truly feel that if your career is also something you are passionate about; it can be very rewarding. And it may take some time to find the exact job of your dreams, but part of the experience is learning and growing from every opportunity you have.
I read an article shared by a supervisor years ago, on finding your ideal career by asking yourself key questions:
1. What brings you joy?
2. What are you good at?
3. What will people pay you, enough, to do?
Stay encouraged, stay safe and have fun in the process of researching and finding careers that interest you.
Best wishes for success in your education and career goals.
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For example, I started work in customer service, cashier work, bank teller and then in a call center... and then one day, I realized I did not like the call center. .. I liked helping people. One of my team leaders suggested training. I gave it a try and found my passion in a career. Today, I lead and build a training program. It worked out!
Here is a ted talk that I suggest EVERYONE checks out. ted talk https://youtu.be/VVx6ntr5OqI
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