1. It is OKAY to change career paths and majors. I, myself, slightly changed my major and minor in my Sophomore year of college. As we begin to take classes in college, we realize what our interests really are.
2. Think about what you would be happy and satisfied with doing for the next 30 years.
3. If you need ideas for career choices, think about the people in your life who have been positive influences in your life.
4. It can be a process of trial and error for some. If you are really unsure, it is better to start somewhere and slowly dig a path for yourself.
Trying to pick a major when you're really not sure what you want to do is challenging. When I graduated high school I ended up majoring in general studies up until I finally realized I wanted to do graphic design. Think about your interests and hobbies, and how any of those could be a career. I would recommend talking to a career counselor or school guidance counselor if you can. I met with a career counselor at my school while I was in community college and she had me fill out an assessment that determined what types of careers I would most likely be good at. She also talked to me about my interests and how I could possibly turn those things into a career. Don't stress yourself out if you can't make a decision right away, or if you end up changing your original major. It's not unusual, and it's ok to take your time.
Elena recommends the following next steps:
Choosing a major is an exciting but difficult decision. Here are some helpful points to narrow down what major you select:
1. List your interests. Does problem-solving or thinking critically appeal to you? Do you like math and numbers? Do you have a creative side that you want to explore a bit? Do you enjoy journaling, writing, or literature? Do you want to help people, and have an interest in medicine?
2. Talk those around you. Is there a particular subject or class that you took that sparked your interest? Perhaps you can talk to a teacher of that class to understand their background and major. Is there someone you know who works in a particular field that's fascinating to you? Chat about what they did to get there.
3. Connect with college alumni. A part of selecting a major is exploring colleges around you to support that major. Create a LinkedIn account to find alumni of a school you're interested in. Perhaps you can set up a call or message about particular majors.
1. You start thinking about the hobbies or subjects that you are interested in
2. Identify the careers that you related to these subjects or hobbies, e.g. If you are interested in Science, would you like to be a scientist, a science teacher, etc.? If you are interested in Music, would you like to be a singer, musician, composer, music teacher, etc.?
3. Explore more on these careers and find out a few careers you are interested in
4. Try to speak to someone who are working in these careers or seeks advise from the career counsellor in your school
5. Shortlist a few careers you would like to pursue and determine the relevant subjects of these careers. Find out the entry criteria of these subjects in these careers.
Having said that, it is often that people may change their interest and hence change the career in the future. It is not necessary to work in one single career in your life time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
When you have this total divide the monthly payments by 4. Then take that amount and divide by 40 hours. Let's say for example it's $40 dollars an hour. Start researching careers that pay at least $40 an hour. You will be surprised what you need to earn in order to live the lifestyle you would like to live.
Now after you have a list, research careers in high demand. See what interest you. You don't want to pick a career that is not going to be hiring in 4 years or is limited in demand. Tech fields, Medical fields, Auto Mechanics, or Air Conditioning mechanics are a few that great choices. Cybersecurity fields are in high demand as well.
Picking a career major is no easy choice. To do so, you should assess your own likes and dislikes. Here are some possible questions to consider: Do you want to work with other people? Do you want to work alone? Do you want to focus on something more technical like a STEM major? Do you want to focus on more creative careers such as a dancer or musician? Essentially, you need to assess what matters most to you and what interests you.
Furthermore, you can do quizzes to help you figure out your personality. For example, I did the Myers-Briggs personality quiz and it provided me with examples of career fields for people with my personality.