This is an amazing question. One that many people ask themselves as they're trying to figure out what path they'd like to take!
For starters, not being sure what you want to pursue in college is normal! There are so many paths you can take, so it makes sense to question and wonder what route you should take.
I'd suggest focusing on the core classes you need to take, so you give yourself time to choose a path. As you're completing these courses, use it as a guide to determine the topics/subjects you do/don't like. During this time, also explore electives that interest you. For example, you may have always found psychology interesting. Take the Psych 101 class to see what it's like.
Ultimately, also know that many people major in one thing in college and then choose a different career path and become successful in this new field. So don't put too much pressure on yourself, but at the very least, pursue something that can come in handy, no matter the path you choose!
I hope this helps :)
I would also encourage you to take electives in areas you find interesting, join student groups on campus, and follow your heart to study + engage in things that make you happy.
If you come across a person you admire, ask them about their path and what they have learned along the way. Your career counselor on campus will also be able to help you connect the dots between your varied interests and coursework to help you define a focus.
There is no right or wrong thing to study in school- this is your time to explore your interests and develop your passions!
Go to an Univ where you can switch from liberal arts to engineering to business school. Most likely state universities will allow switching if you maintain a GPA above 3.0.
The first two years of courses are common/generic in nature however, if you pursue engineering or medicine, there are prerequisites that you shall meet before you can transfer.
If you are completely unsure if you want to have a business degree or engineering degree, the school counselors can assist you. Also, talk to the parents of your friends who are in different industries/professions to find out what they like about their profession/field. This will enlighten you.
My one son pursued a Computer Engineering degree and is doing extremely well - he was passionate about video games and robotics. He was determined to seek challenge and decided on Computer Engineering vs. Computer Science.
While the other son pursued a business (finance) degree to land a job on Wall Street. It was not easy but they were passionate about succeeding and graduated with honors.
Both of them decided on their own to pursue the field that they thought will enable them to make a comfortable living and enjoy their profession along w/ it. This is the most important thing. Many people make lots of money but they hate their job. Why not enjoy what you do and make money along with it.
You know what you like and pursue your profession. You can ask questions to many individuals but decide on your own.
Do not let someone define you or tell you. You will regret it if you follow someone's path.
1. It gave me time to keep thinking about what career path I wanted to take.
2. Basics are basics and community college is much cheaper than a private/state university.
3. Working helped me build my savings.
4. Living at home provided additional savings.
These 2 years were critical and ultimately helped me make my decision go into the finance field. I would suggest taking time to think about your options and not feel pressured into making a choice for the sake of making one.
Second step, do you need to go to college or is there a vocational school, certificate or licensure that you need.
Third step, take an interest test (talk to a guidance counselor or look online) to see what your strengths are. Using your strengths can be an asset in a career.
If you are unsure what you want, I recommend, to choose a major that gives you flexibility to take what you learn and can adapt it in different fields and different work environments that works best for you. Doing research on majors and consider where you want to flourish with your current interests. If you haven't already, take some time to sit down and reflect on what is it that you really like doing and what values you hold and do some research on what kind of careers could help meet that for you. If you have a LinkedIn, I recommend looking up people in careers you might be interested in and checking out their profiles and seeing their education and career path. And if possible, reach out to them and ask if you can get at least 15 min of their time to tell you about any advise you might want. Picking a major is hard and that's okay. You aren't alone. You got this!
I'm going to first start with this - Many times throughout my earlier career, I felt like it wasn't possible to shift and change what I was doing. What I have found, over time, is that shifts are pretty easy and valuable for you to do!
So with this nugget of insight, I hope you can feel a bit more at ease when selecting a path in college.
As to making a decision, I would recommend doing internships and going to career fairs. Many people who are deeper in their career love to discuss what they do. You can ask any of those questions and learn from them. When you intern, you can see deeper into the job duties and daily life but also there is much more time commitment.
Best of luck in your decision and you're already starting out the right way - by asking questions!
Joseph recommends the following next steps:
- Go to career fairs and utilize career center on your college campus
- Join interest groups on campus
- Find internships to get work experience and network
- Find a job within a college department i.e. liberal arts, business, psychology etc.
- Go into freshman year with an open mind, take classes that interest you, and pay attention to what you like and dislike about general education classes
Here are some ways you might be able to find careers you are interested in:
1. Career fairs or career counseling office
2. Speaking to individuals in a variety of careers to understand what they do on a daily basis
3. Create a Linkedin account to see what types of jobs might spark your interest
4. Researching your passions and interests to understand the different types of positions
In addition to considering the fields you are curious about, think about how you would like to make a difference in the world and your values. Thinking about your values and how you want to live them out can help you figure out what a meaningful career looks like.
Your college’s alumni community is also a great resource to reach out to as well! They can give you insight on the career paths you’re interested in.