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How do decide on a major i truly want?

I’m asking this because I’ve changed my major so much. It’s like i have an idea of what i want to do, but the field doesn’t interest me anymore. I’ve changed my major so many times and i know i have to have I.T figured out by next fall but, i just have no idea

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hey Layonna! I was in your position at one time. My friend's mom said,"What is your dream Elizabeth?" I laughed because I really didn't have one. (Her son acts). I was just starting college so I took the pre-reqs and met with a school adviser. She gave me a test to see what job i was most compatible with, one result was counseling which is on the nose correct. Turns out psychology was my dream I just did not know it yet. Mental health counseling is my goal.  I googled different jobs I found on job websites relating to psychology, reading job descriptions. When you google a job and the state plus the word annual salary you get a salary range for that job. Good luck, my grandma always told me to do what I love. I recommend it as well, happy new year!

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Check this site out, https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/top-ten-college-majors
Now google different careers/positions with your state and the word annual salary to see salaries and job descriptions.
Thank you comment icon Great advice, I also recommend checking out different Jobs and future expectations for those jobs still being in demand at https://www.onetonline.org/ William Carrasquillo
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Laura’s Answer

This can be the best way to get you thinking about what type of person you are in general, so if you're the type of person that likes working with either kids, children, babies, adults, or like working alone getting tasks done that involves some or not all interaction with everyone, then you should think about what fits you as a person. I say you focus on a major that mostly calls your attention right away because you usually know the answer to what your future will look like but sometimes we don't realize it. I , for example, can give you a little bit about what I went through my first year. I chose to major in Environmental Toxicology because I was just so interested in the department of investigating/forensic area. I was so invested in the beginning, but once I realized that chemistry and calculus is not for it was too late because my grades were already suffering and drowning. Luckily, I was able to switch my major to Sociology because I knew deep down I meant to be a guidance counselor and just ignored it along the way and gave no attention to that internal thought. Most people here are commenting that you should just choose so that you won't waste anymore time, but there is no timeline that you should be on. You don't have to be on the same pace as everyone else. You are on a journey on discovering what it is you truly want. Who cares if you're past the four years in college. You don't have to finish in a timely manner because you are at your own pace that will lead you to where you need to be regardless of how you get there. Your timeline should not be the same as the person next to you. Keep your eyes on the goal, on that finish line regardless what path you take. This is me being the most 100% honest and real with you.
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Nada’s Answer

Hello Layonna.
I totally understand your frustration. As students, most of us went through the same experience. I think the best thing to do in this case to learn about the field that interests you the most. Do your own search by reading about it, google it, or even ask professionals who are working in the same field. Learn about the pros and cons of the job that you are aiming for. Another important thing that you have to be aware of is that you choose something that you love and enjoy doing for the rest of your career life.

Good Luck

Nada recommends the following next steps:

Take free online courses about all available carries then decide what enjoys you the most
Meet with your advisor at least one time each term
Meet and talk with professionals who are working in the same field you are aiming for.
Start with a strong foundation
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Ria’s Answer

Hey Layonna! Many students will be in your situation, so you are definitely not alone. I would say if you have many interests and have switched them around as majors, stick with the one you think will be best for post-graduate opportunities. While you can do many things with many majors, you should be looking at majors which primarily lead you to jobs that you would enjoy doing. That being said, given your time crunch, you should pick a major that you can finish in a timely manner so you don't have to spend more than 4 years in college.

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