Is it okay to choose a major without being sure what career I want to pursue?
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It's absolutely okay to declare your major without knowing what your future career will be. I was a declared English major and I didn't know what my future career would be. You learn as you go through your courses that they teach many skills that can translate into various future careers. I agree with the previous answer to get to know the professors within your department, particularly those who teach many of the classes you've especially enjoyed. They can be a wealth of knowledge about other careers that your major can translate to. Enjoy your classes and you will learn what aspects of the subject you like and which you don't.
It is more than okay to major in a subject that may not completely line up with what you want to do in the future. There are definitely different ways to tackle college, but when it comes to your major, you are learning essential skills in whatever you decide to study. Critical thinking, ethics and decision-making, learning the importance of research. Those are some key pieces that everyone learns in college regardless of major. One of the best methods that have seen from some of my peers is finding out how you can somewhat tie-in your major into what you wish to pursue in the future. Even if does not align with your career path at all, there is always a way for you take what you have learned in your field and apply to the next direction you go in. Right now, I am currently going to school for film, but I'm looking at a career in event planning. By being a film student, I learn how to work in teams and how to plan productions and organizing a lot of people. Those skills I am learning there, I know that I can take that into being an event planner. So really just take your interests and run in full stride in any direction you go in after, because it will work itself out.
I would say that the answer is yes. Oftentimes, as you work through your major, various jobs will be presented to you. It will be important that you consider the skills needed for that major so that you are sure to be happy enough to graduate. For example, a person who doesn't like writing probably shouldn't be an English or someone who struggles with high school math classes shouldn't be a math major. It is important to know what you like and don't like. You are not going to like everything about any given job. There are some things that I don't like about my job. However, the big things, the major skills that I need are things that I love to do. Some majors have such a variety of jobs that you could do that college actually helps you decide. I think about Computer Science. You can use as a teacher, software developer, web developer, engineer, etc.
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Best of luck!
If you decide to declare a major, try to declare it is somewhat of a related field. For e.g: Declaring a major in performing arts may not help you to lean towards a career in health sciences or major in Biology may not be helpful if you are interested in electronics and telecommunications.
If you go with not declaring a major to start may be a good option. First two years in college usually focused on getting through the more core courses and you can use this time to test and feel the field of interest to you taking a course in them and decide. You can declare the major by the end of 2 years.
Either way, please work with the college and your councilor from day 1 to discuss and plan these things constantly.
Best of Luck!