With so many options available, choosing a college major can feel like an overwhelming task. By considering your personal strengths, interests and career aspirations, you can make the decision that is right for you.
Assessing Your Strengths
The first step to choosing a college major is assessing your personal strengths. Students who enjoy working in a team environment may enjoy a career in marketing or business sales. Alternately, students who prefer to work independently may gravitate toward careers in industries such as finance or information technology. While just determining your personal strengths may not be enough to ultimately choose the college major for which you are suited, it provides you with a great starting place.
Take Personal Interests into Account
When evaluating your personal interests, take these questions into account:
- Do you enjoy helping people?
- Do you enjoy working with children?
- What school subjects do you enjoy?
- What do you value?
- Do you prefer working outside?
- Do you enjoy working with computers and technology?
- Do you want to work in a rural area, or would you prefer life in a big city?
Pursuing a major that suits your interests ensures that you will have the drive to successfully complete your degree. While a career as a scientist or accountant may sound interesting, if you do not enjoy mathematics, you are not likely to complete your degree. Prepare for a career that you will enjoy by majoring in an area that is well-suited your interests.
What Are Your Career Goals?
Are you interested in pursuing a teaching career? A career in information technology? A business-related field? Evaluate your long-term career goals. Consider not only what you hope to do long-term, but the career options that will be available to you upon graduation. Most colleges do not ask students to declare a major in their first year. Use that time to try out different classes and to discuss your career goals with a career services counselor, professor or someone working in a field that interests you.
By carefully selecting your major, you can ensure the most satisfying route to graduation and the beginning a successful career.