College Choices: Picking the Right Major

Some people seem to be born knowing what they are going to do the rest of their life. But a lot of people go through high school and enter college without a clear path to their career. The majority of higher learning institutions allow students to wait until their junior year before deciding upon a major. But picking a definite career choice at an earlier stage can be of great benefit to the student.

Obviously, picking a school becomes much easier when you know which degree you want to pursue. In addition, knowing where you are headed after graduation makes it easier to plan your classes so that you can finish your degree on schedule.

Fortunately there are a number of resources available to help students decide on a career and thereby give them a better idea of what school to choose.

Use High School Classes as a Guide

For those students currently enrolled in high school, your current success may be a good indicator of a college major. Look at those classes that are not only appealing to you but also the ones in which you received high marks. If you have already experienced some time in the working world and now you are entering college, you may have to jog your memory a bit to remember your top classes from high school.

If you are on the verge of entering college you may wish to use the variety of courses to get a feel for different types of industries. Many introductory courses exist to give students a chance to test the waters in a new field such as medicine, engineering or law. If one of these classes seems especially appealing you may opt to take a follow up course using one of your elective class credits.

Fulfill Your Desires with the Right Career Choice

Considering that the majority of people will spend 30+ years in a chosen field, whether it is with one company or several, it makes sense that the career should be somewhat appealing to you. Often times young people pick a major based on the successful careers of a parent or close relative. But that should not be the deciding factor.

People should take a big picture view of their potential career and identify the most appealing characteristics. Some individuals consider only the earning potential of a particular field and ignore many other facets. Other people look at a career based on its contribution to society or the freedom provided by the job to express an inner passion. Keeping the top priorities in mind will help to narrow down the choices significantly.

More Ideas

Getting input from people that are not closely tied to you is a great way to gain another perspective. Former high school instructors along with counselors may be able to give you some advice about a career based on their observations of your time in school. Students that are currently enrolled in the college you are considering can give you a true vision of what to expect from the school.

Along with these various discussions you can also complete aptitude tests aimed at suggesting careers based on your skills or personality strengths. These tests should not be used as a final decision for you for a career choice. But they can be a great way to look at a possible field that you may not have considered on your own.

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