What are some things to consider when choosing a major?
I have been struggling with choosing a major and the time is getting closer to when I have to decide as I am in university. I decided against taking BA Psychology as I struggle with writing essays. I really love learning about psychology though (not so much the research part but the counseling part). I've been asking around about different majors and so far, my criteria has been that I'm interested in it and there are jobs related to that degree. Is there anything else I should be considering when deciding?
I think you're on the right track: a major in a topic of interest, but ALSO one that has career opportunities. A BA in psychology is interesting, but may not be one with many career opportunities (although it can be an excellent foundation if you plan to pursue an advanced degree to become a psychologist). I suggest you speak with a guidance counselor to examine your accumulated credits to assess opportunities without losing any credits. All the best in your pursuits.
Regina (R.Y.)’s Answer
1. Do you love it? If you don’t love it, but might could, don’t choose it. Life is too short. *
2. Are you good at it?
3. Will this major (or associated classes or tasks) help you to get good at doing what you love?
4.. Will this major (or the required associated classes or tasks) help you to eventually get to *do* what you love?
5. Do you want this major (or career path) badly enough in your future to do something that don’t enjoy in your present.
If you got more nos than yeses, consider another major for which you get more yeses than nos.
*It absolutely okay to change your mind later, and change your choice of a major. Make sure that the choice is yours, and not someone else’s.
I myself have stuck to my major, you could say but the filed on which I work has changed so much that even though it is the same, it might look very different now. Even others with the same mayor have gone many different paths. I majored in Telecommunications and Electronics, two fields that have branched and evolved so much that now many of us look more like IT professionals. Also I work alongside other great professionals that majored in Law, Psychology or even culinary arts ! My buddy is a great security engineer yet still can grill and smoke like a pro.
My point is do something you think you like, something with a high probability of success and commit to it without closing other doors. Like my dad used to say: "It is not the door we take what counts, but the ones we do not close behind"
I wish you good luck !!!