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What is the best way to know if the major I've picked is the right major for my desired career?

I'm a senior in high school and I have a couple of different majors in the STEM field that I'm thinking of taking that look like they lead to the same general direction. However, I know that there are some key differences in these majors. How do I figure out which one to take and for the correct career path? #college-major #career-development #career-advice

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Hi Joe,

You are absolutely on the right track and already ahead of most high school students. Although I am not STEM extraordinaire, I have a background in Career Development supporting STEM students, therefore, my first recommendation to you is SEEK OUT YOUR PASSION! You mentioned that most of the majors lead to the same destination, so you should take the time and research which program is going to give you the most satisfaction. The key is to be INTENTIONAL and SPECIFIC. Finding your niche early in the game will pay off when it's time for your first BIG opportunity.

So, what are you passionate about? Is there a specific subject that you enjoy more than another? For example, are you more interested in coding or software development? If yes, I'd recommend looking closer to the technology or engineering side. Or, do you absolutely love math and get super excited about numbers in general? If so, I'd recommend looking at Mathematics programs.

At the end of the day, your TRUE passion (not just what's going to get you a job) is going to get you the furthest in life. Everything else (career, money, family) will come regardless.

Hope this helps - let me know if you have additional questions.

Last updated Mar 25 '17 at 20:44

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Kudos to you for knowing what career path you want to take!

There are a couple of ways of doing that. First, you can talk to professionals who are already successfully established in the career field that you want to join, and find out what are the typical college majors for that field. If there are a few, then you can ask about the pros and cons of each, assuming that you'd be OK with either major.

Second, you can talk to your teachers who are teaching classes in that major, and ask whether they thought the major could help support your entry into that particular career path. Most Professors teaching a subject in college will have taken courses with many people who went into careers outside of Academia, and they would probably have a pretty good idea of where their old friends ended up in terms of their career.

Third, if you at least have the names of a few professionals already established in the career that you want, then you should be able to look them up on LinkedIn and perhaps their background will tell you what they majored in.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Last updated Nov 03 '16 at 12:53

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