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How do you decide on a major?

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I have no indication of any field I particularly enjoy and would want to spend the future working in. I don't have much of an idea on how to try and narrow down my interests and decide on a major #college-majors #career-choice

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Glenn’s Answer

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Good answer. You can also meet with your guidance counselor at your high school or career department at a local college. There are test that can help align you personality and interests with careers
Glenn - Thank you for your answer. We need more advice like this, now more than ever! There are more than 800 unanswered questions on CV right now. Hoping you'll answer a few more this week! Jordan Rivera COACH
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Joel’s Answer

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Hi Spencer,


Your first step towards finding a major should involve finding what subjects you're good at and what subjects you tend to find more interesting or enjoyable. I recently graduated from college, and I had a tough time deciding on a major too. I knew I enjoyed math/numbers so I initially chose Finance as my major; however, I switched my major my junior year to accounting because I received great advice from someone who knew accounting would land me a better job. So the second step after choosing a major is continuing to evaluate whether it's the right major for you, and always be asking for advice from mentors. Third, internships are valuable because they give you an idea of what the working world will be like after college. I didn't enjoy my finance internships so that's why I eventually made the transition to accounting. So work hard and gain interview skills to get yourself an internship! From there just trust your gut and continue to work hard. Good things come to those who work!


Good luck with deciding on a major!


Best regards,

Joel

Joel recommends the following next steps:

  • Choose a major
  • Continue to evaluate your choice and seek advice
  • Get an internship
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Kim’s Answer

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Hi Spencer,

You have been given some excellent advice already. One additional thought to consider is to gain a better understanding of your true strengths. One of my favorite methods is StrengthsFinder. It is an assessment and report that reveals your natural (true) strengths. This may provide some valuable insight into what major to consider and ultimately your career. It also is a good reference for you once you are on your career path and making important decisions on career opportunities. Here is the link in case you are interested. www.gallupstrengthscenter.com.

Best of luck.

Kim recommends the following next steps:

  • Research StrengthsFinder and take the assessment.
  • Review report for insights that may help with your educational goals.
  • Use the report as a reference for career development decisions.
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Paul A’s Answer

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Spencer! Here are some possible sources to narrow down a career field of interest. Find 16 career clusters on your computer as a starting place, read What Color Is My Parachute, and explore the Self Directed Search :-)
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