Growing up, we all ventured into different activities as kids. We would ride bikes, play sports, and participate in different activities that we really enjoyed doing. We would also pretend to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and police officers. As we got older, some of us grew outside of our imaginations and gravitated towards the hobbies and activities that we were interested in the most. For some it was sports, for others, it was dancing, acting, reading, or writing. Going into high school, our list of hobbies were either narrowed down or expanded, due to the exposure of new activities. Sometimes we discover things about ourselves that we never knew existed. To some of our parents, some of our newly found interest may have sounded farfetched, but to others, they encouraged us to pursue them, no matter how outlandish they may have sounded and as a result, many of us ended up in college. When you enter college you have to start thinking about a major. You have two very important decisions to make and they should not be taken lightly. First, you have to choose a major. Secondly, you should ask yourself: What can I do with a major in……? The decisions you make can affect your career choices after graduation. Remember, you will have to live with your choice, so make sure your choice of a major count. We sometimes may have an idea of exactly what we want to do, but once we take a few courses in that field, we start to reevaluate our decision. This happens more often than we think. We may want to become a doctor, but we end up majoring in something else. Choosing your major isn’t always about following up on a childhood dream, it’s about discovery. College will expose you to things that you never knew existed. It is okay to change you major. Studies reveal that a majority of students change their major at least while in college. In his article “Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path”, Dr. Robert S. Hansen identifies several “steps in their journey to discover the ideal career path.” An abbreviated list is given below:
- Take a self-assessment of your interest. What type of job or careers that excites you
- Honest assessment of your abilities. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What kind of skills do you have?
- Examine what kind of things you value in work; for example, Do you prefer to work alone or in groups? Can you work under pressure? What about stability, status, security? Is serving society one your goals?
- Do some career exploration. There is a variety of resources available in the college career center, the library and on line.
- Do a reality check. Evaluate your options. For example, you have an interest in being a doctor but your skills in science are lack what they should be for a major in medicine.
- Narrow down your options and focus on choosing a major.
Finally, identifying a major doesn’t have to be a long, complicated journey. However, you have to make knowledgeable choices about your major and your career. As stated in an old proverb, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there.” So, choose your major wisely.
Hansen, Randall S., PhD. Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal. Retrieved from http://quintcareers/choosing_majorhtml