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What is a major? What majors are there?

I’m a high school student and I don’t know what career path I want to pursue. But I would like to get to know the majors and at least want to have some in mind so I can do research and get ride some so I can pick a major.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Many students have similar question. I would suggest you find out what careers you have interest. The relevant subjects are the major and minor you can consider. Also, different colleges have strength in different subjects.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about what you have interest, e.g. your hobbies, favorite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
E.g. If you like music, would you like to be a musician, singer, musical artist, music producer, music composer, etc.
If you have interest in maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, financial analyst, banker, maths teacher, etc.
2 Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counselor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue. The relevant subjects are the major and minor you can consider.
5. Explore the colleges reviews on these subjects and find out the entry criteria.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
May Almighty God bless you!
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Camila !

A major is a subject that a student studies as a main study in college. A minor is another subject that one chooses to study in college. When I was in college, a minor would consist of 12 credits/units or more. The major consists of a large number of credits/units and has requirements in that subject as to what courses you must take to major in it.

When considering what to major in, choose a subject that will fit well with how you want to contribute in the career world in the future. Think about how you want to spend your days and what field of work you will want to dedicate yourself to. It may help at first to make a list of all the things you like to do and all of the things you know you wouldn't want to do. That will give you a guideline for starting to consider different majors. When you have a few possible subjects to consider, go to You Tube and watch some videos about those careers to see what people say and present about those fields of work.

You can also get a feel as a contributing worker by doing some volunteer work. It will help if you experience working in some capacity and especially in a place doing something you like to do. You may be undecided because you haven't yet gone through a work experience, so actually being out there will greatly help you learn about yourself as a worker. It's only natural to not know what you're interested in if you haven't gone through the motions yet, so joining extracurriculars at school would help you also. Choosing a major/career comes with having it seem real and not just thinking about it. Take your time deciding and read as much as you can, but also do things that will show you which careers are for you and which ones may not be.

There are some online quizzes that you can do to see what the results may be for a possible career choice. I have left some links below for you for websites that have information and quizzes that you can take.

Each college has their Major structure set up differently. You will have to go to the websites of individual colleges to see the specific majors they offer. Start out with your local NYC colleges and read the lists of majors at each college. They all have the majors listed and explained on their websites. Then explore some other colleges and read about their majors that are offered. The majors that are offered depends on the college.

I hope that this is helpful to start your exploration of possible majors for a career. Best wishes in all you do !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

MY MAJORS WEBSITE https://www.mymajors.com/college-majors/
WHAT SHOULD I MAJOR IN INFORMATION AND QUIZ https://www.careergirls.org/get-ready/college-major-quiz/
COLLEGE VINE MAJOR QUIZ https://blog.collegevine.com/college-majors-quiz
WHAT SHOULD YOU MAJOR IN ? https://www.educations.com/quizzes/what-should-i-major-in
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Joseph’s Answer

Here is a great link for researching college majors:

https://www.mymajors.com/college-majors/

It eventually comes down to you and your interest along with your strengths. You should create a list then play with it prioritizing the list until you find a comfort. Afterwards you can research the majors in your field of interest. This would be a good start.
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Idelisa’s Answer

Deciding on a college can feel overwhelming as you approach high school graduation, ready to dive into the vast opportunities life presents.

Here are some improved steps to assist you in making the perfect choice:

1. Research prospective colleges. Think about their geographical settings. Would you like a school near to home or are you comfortable with studying in a distant location?
2. Pick a college and delve into the range of majors it provides. Spot the similarities and contrasts. Which ones align with your interests?
3. Ponder on your scholastic strengths. Do you lean towards science, math, art, or literature?
4. Take a career evaluation online. This will offer valuable knowledge about fitting career routes. Here's a link for you: Career Interests Quiz (talenttransformation.com)
5. Reflect on what makes you happy. What are your pastimes?
6. Participate in discussions with students who are studying the major that fascinates you. Also, consider talking about your interests with professors from your selected college.
7. Talk about financial matters with your family. They might also provide insights into possible career options.
8. Think about the career potential of your selected field. Is the industry growing?

I trust these recommendations will be helpful. Best of luck on your journey.
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