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I'm not sure which major i should choose to study in college...

Since i'm myself, i believe i know alot about me. I believe i'm strong at analyzing. I am pretty quick to grasp and understand the situation of the place, stuff, and people. And eventually i get to realize what causes have brought to this situation and results quicker than anyone else. Although, i'm not good at making a good ideas or projects, when someone comes up with it, i figure out things to do to make ideas and projects to be better. These are characteristics that i believe i have and i think i should study business or economics major. But i am very afraid what i could do in the society if i major in those subjects. And they say i can study business or economics later when i have safe future. My parents say i should major in computer science since it guarantees safer future than business or economic major.
Could you guys give an advice? Also, i want to know what i can do in the future with business or economics major. I really want to be sure of me! Help! computer-science business economics business-analysis

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Jessica’s Answer

Jay, these are great questions to ask and let me make it clear to you that almost EVERYONE has these same questions/concerns throughout their college career! I shared the same questions and concerns with you as I entered into college due to my parents strong influence in my decision making process.


Its awesome that you are aware of your strengths as this will definitely help guide you in finding your place in the business world. To help answer your question on whether or not you should listen to your parents opinion, that computer science guarantees a securer future, ask yourself these questions.



  • Are you passionate about computer science?

  • Do you think you will be motivated in school while completing computer science courses (most people change their major half way through because they find out they aren't motivated in their classes because they are not as interested in the subject as they thought)?

  • Do your strengths/skills align with the objectives/skills of what it takes to be a computer engineer?


If you answered no to two of these questions, then in my opinion, I think you should pursue what you are passionate about!


As a business management graduate myself, I graduated knowing I had countless opportunities ahead of me as long as I looked for them and worked hard to get what I wanted. I HIGHLY suggest applying for internships throughout your schooling in areas that your interested in, so you are able to get a feel of what you want to pursue upon graduating.


One last thing to keep in the back of your mind, especially when you graduate college, you are in a time of your life where you do need to make responsible decisions, but these are the greatest years of your life and you don't always need always go practical or safe when it comes to career decisions (Gary Vaynerchuck). Watch the video link I posted below to better understand what I am trying to say! I hope I was able to help you answer some of your questions and I wish you success in your schooling and in your future.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBXZlYdiizk


Blessings,
Jessica G.

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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Jay,

I understand your dilemma here - I actually started college as a business major, switched to computer science, and then switched back to business! The good thing is that you can probably take intro classes to both areas in your freshman year to see what you think you'll enjoy. I thought I would like computer science, but once I started taking the classes I realized that my brain was just not wired that way. I really enjoyed the business classes that I took, so I switched back, and I was still able to graduate on time. Ultimately, I got a degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and a minor in Economics.

It sounds like your parents want to make sure you will be able to find a job and build a good career after college. Although there are no guarantees, there are definitely fields within business and economics that are growing and will provide job security, just like a career in computer science. For example, accountants are needed to audit the financial statements of businesses, or help prepare taxes for individuals and corporations. Economists are needed to help analyze changes in the stock market and help the government with new financial and economic policies. Companies need business managers and analysts with problem solving and leadership skills like yours to help them maximize profits and minimize costs. Researching these careers and discussing them with your parents might help them feel better about your career options if you major in business or economics.

Lastly, as others have said, it's very important to choose something that you will enjoy. If you have the ability to try out both options in your freshman year of college, that's a great way to start.

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Joanne’s Answer

Look at a book entitled 'what color is your parachute' and answer the questions honestly.


The book (somehow) identifies career choices that match your personality traits.


Computer science is always a good career .. but you really should like/enjoy it.


There are also websites and polls that identify some of the top growing industries that you may not have thought of.


Take a look at the following link if you can:


https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm


I'm sure there are careers on here that you may not have considered.

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Kim’s Answer

Jay,


If your parents are paying for your education, or letting you live at home while you go to school, they may try to call the shots. You are not the first student to post about this problem.


People who go through life trying to please others are often miserable. However, deviating from parental expectations can have consequences. This could be in the form of them not paying for your school. They could get really upset and not want you around anymore, or write you out of the will. These things are all very real, and I believe, are problems that are best discussed with a professional counselor. There are also cultural issues that enter in to this discussion. My mom tried to run my wedding, because her mom had run hers, and that's just the way it had always been. And when I moved out of the house, as a single woman, they thought I was disgracing the family.


Decisions are never easy. I encourage you to follow your heart, or at the very least, try to find a way to combine what it is you want to do with what it is they want you to do. Perhaps try to go for management positions in computer science companies?


Wishing you the best,
Kim

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Alexa’s Answer

Hi Jay

As a recent college graduate, it is not uncommon going into college and not knowing what major to pursue. A good idea may be to go into your first year undecided. With an undecided major, your class schedule is set up where you take a variety of different classes to see what types of courses you are interested in, This can vary between art classes, science based classes, business classes etc. There are tons of classes you can take. After taking a variety of different classes during your freshman year, going into your second year you should feel more comfortable choosing major or at least figuring out what path you would like to pursue. I hope this helps
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