I believe it's tricky to know if you're making the right decision for a career.
There are so many careers out there, right? If you choose something, there's always a 'chance' that you could've made a 'better' decision.
What I've realized is... People do the best they can - with what they know; with what they have - at those current moments in their life.
There's always a bit of doubt and uncertainty when you pick a major. However, it's okay to make a decision based on what you currently want out of life (and your future) right now.
Here's some tips that could help you pick a major:
1. 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧/𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫𝐬. Filter all majors by department. Go through every degree name. Scratch out degrees that don't appeal to you. Place a check mark next to ones that do appeal to you.
Once you have a list of majors, write down why they appeal to you. If you're not sure what a degree is going to look like, take a look at your college website's degree catalogue. Read the courses and see if they interest you.
2. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞. Think about your likes, dislikes, skills, things you like to learn, and ideal lifestyle. For more information about knowing yourself and tying it to jobs, go here: http://bit.ly/careerscheatsheet
3. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞. As mentioned before, choose a career that will allow you time for other areas in your life. Form a vision of how you want your life to look like. For more information about creating personal goals, visit this video: https://youtu.be/Rw2qaMltFcY
Also, take a test at this website: https://ikigaitest.com/
Note: your goals and interests will change as you grow. The key is to have a rough idea of who you are, what you want out of life to form rough goals - so your rough goals can help you inform your major :)
4. 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧. Videos, articles, job trends, etc can help you learn more about specific majors and career opportunities related to majors. Start off with YouTube and look up the day in the life of any college majors or careers that come to mind (after considering majors in part one).
5. 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫. This is very important. If your major doesn't have any in-demand careers, then you might find it hard to find jobs.
For example: does a Bachelor's in Biology give me lots of jobs?
- If so, what jobs are available?
- If not, Why? - and - What can I do to reach my career goals in my field?
6. 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞. What you want to do outside of class during college matters. Your degree will help you be considered for a job, but it won't automatically grant you a job on it's own.
- Do you want to focus on developing work experience?
- Do you want to get involved in extracurriculars?
- Do you want to make friends or learn new skills?
There isn't a correct answer here. Simply do what works for you and your career/personal goals.
I hope the list can help you learn more about yourself and what career(s) you want :D
Sending you support with finding career(s) that work for you :)
Below are my suggestions:
1. Think about what you have interest, eg your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
Eg if you are interested in music, would you like to be a musician, singer, musical actor, music producer, music composer, etc
If you are interested in Maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your parents, mentor, school career counsellor, etc
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps!Good Luck!
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