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How do you know which major to go into?

After figuring out what career you want to pursue, how do you know what major that career fits into?

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Alan’s Answer

Nashae, I'll assume by your question that you haven't yet decided on your career goal, so let's start there. You might already have some beginning idea of what careers could be fulfilling for you. Consider your interests, hobbies, skills and experiences, and to help you do so, you might want to look into some professional quizzes like the ones on MyPlan.com. Now, if you have a career goal in mind before entering college, you'd probably want to consider which college offers you the best preparation. But one of the primary purposes of college is for students to explore their options. In addition to the required courses, an undecided student should choose at least one elective class in each of the first two semesters that she/he thinks might inspire an interest in pursuing that subject further.

On the other hand, working backwards, once you do have a career in mind, the college advisors will be very helpful in guiding you to the major that leads most efficiently toward your goal. Sometimes the major leads directly, sometimes it would be a step toward further coursework in graduate school. It all depends on what your field of choice would happen to be. Usually, the online catalogs for the colleges you'd be considering will explain the purposes of the various majors and degrees. Don't get ahead of yourself. Start exploring your interests and the plan will start unfolding.
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Amalya’s Answer

It depends on many factors. First of all, you should follow your academic interests, skills and abilities. So you should choose a field which you are interested in and capable of doing the required work. Your major should fit to your dreams and greatest aspirations of life.
All the best and good luck in your career decisions.
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Enise’s Answer

Hello Nashae,

It depends on your career path, yet you can certainly find your major, and you can path your way once you find out how you can achieve your goals and accomplish.
Ask these questions to yourself first?

What are my interests?

What are your favourite things to do in your free time?

What is your passion before, during, after hobbies, interests?

What do you do in your life?

How can you achieve your goals?

Which way can you choose your path?

How can I find my soft and hard skills, and emotional intelligence once I am currently experiencing joining a club at the college, volunteering, internship, part-time and/or full-time job?

How can I find my talents, abilities, and passion when I join a club, and/or volunteering?

There are all questions you have here. Now you need to have a list of your career plan that your path should be structured into an easy steps and possible and achievable ways. Because if you expect higher than normal, you can be disappointed; so you must create more controllable and possible things to do in your life. Once you completed, you can be a attendee in a club at the college, and/or a volunteer. During your volunteering or attendee journey, you can test yourself with these questions. Surf the internet after you have experienced. Once you find out what are your soft and hard skills as well as emotional intelligence, you can move to the next. The next one is applying to the internship. In your resume, you should add your skills that you have, your volunteering experience to that internship application. Once you passed all interviews, survey (quiz), and a group work with the people, you should prepare how you can be tested during your internship experience. Once you finished your current journey with that internship, you must update your resume.

I hope it helps

Enise recommends the following next steps:

Find your Talent, Abilities, and Passion
Answer these questions
Create a plan
Volunteering and/or a club
Move to the next
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Keyston’s Answer

Well, when I was trying to figure out my path, I focused on my interests and strengths. I knew I wanted to work with my hands and solve practical problems. So, I looked at careers that aligned with those values. Once I had an idea of the career I wanted, I researched the skills and knowledge needed for that field. While I didn't graduate college, I found that experience, certifications, and on-the-job learning were just as valuable. I ended up in facility maintenance and worked my way up to being a supervisor. Sometimes, unconventional paths can lead to fulfilling careers too.
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Maahd’s Answer

Look at which high school classes you excel at. Also depends on your interests and skill set in different subjects/courses. Speak to others who are practicing that profession to gauge what a typical day is like. You can also search on YouTube as some people will post videos titled "A day in the life of a product manager" etc. Quora.com is also a good source to ask and answer questions. LinkedIn is a good source for networking and looking at what education and career path other professionals took.

Internships are also a good way to get a flavour of what a typical day will look like and gives you the opportunity to shadow other people. A good idea to also look at job prospects in that industry and how transferrable the skills are to different/similar roles. If you wanna go to grad school or do research in a specific subject, that might be relevant to what you wanna study at an undergraduate level.
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