What helped you decide on your major?
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I decided on a major that would allow me to study and work on problems that I believed were interesting or worth solving. The generalized form of my motivation is stated as "Find what you like and then find a way to make a living at it".
Claire McGahan's experience of not choosing any one major right away is common, but even if you think you know EXACTLY what you want to do, college will be the best time for intellectual exploration - so take classes that are very different from your normal course load and outside your comfort zone.
Rafael A.’s Answer
My one and only advise it to do something that you will enjoy. Don't get into a field based on the pay. The money may be good but are you enjoying coming to work everyday. Think of the things you would like to do and then look into the major and the opportunities for you once you graduate.
Dr. Ray’s Answer
You again? You sure ask a lot of questions! (Just kidding.) Fortunately they are interesting ones.
I started out as a physics major in college because I liked the class in high school. However in my first college physics course I was completely out of my depth. I wound up with a D and was glad to get that. Also, I really didn't like the subject. A friend recommended an introductory psychology course and I fell in love with the subject, changed my major, and went on the get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. If you are in college or plan on attending (and I hope you will) I would not be in any hurry to pick a major. I didn't know the field of psychology existed until I got to college; your dream career may be in a field you never heard of in high school. I also agree with Jayavignesh and Rafael that picking a field because of the pay is likely to make you unhappy in the long run. I believe in the saying "Do what you love and the money will follow."
I would suggest the following:
Cinthya recommends the following next steps:
Deciding your college major can be a difficult decision, especially since there are so many possible fields to go into! My advice is to take a wide variety of classes during your first year and try to figure out what interests you most. I personally chose my major, business management, after taking an introductory course that emphasized everything I love about business. While determining what to study based on job opportunities and potential salaries is tempting, I highly recommend going with your gut and pursuing something you are passionate about and that you love doing. In the long run, happiness in your career path is far more rewarding than money.
Rebecca recommends the following next steps:
The first thing you need to do is to identify what's important to you.
If you think the practical thing is the salary, you can look at some salary ranking on Glassdoor.
Then, based on your own abilities and interest, do some further investigation, and filter it to the final one.
Hope this advice helps you.
The career test basically said that I could pick any of my 3 main choices so then I dig dipper into what subjects I like and what I wanted to do in the future.
My parents guided me toward a general field that I would major in now. However, it was my advisors and peers that helped me finally decide what i wanted to major in. There are student organizations that helped me see my interest in my major. Good luck!