Choosing the Right Major
Choosing the Right Major

College Tips
A Guide to Choosing the Right Major

Choosing a major can be stressful, but these five easy tips will help you make the right decision.

College. Just the word strikes fear for many students. Where to go, where to live, and most importantly, what to major in? Choosing a major almost seems like choosing a career path. Most students worry they are not going to pick the right major, or will realize a little too late that they could have had that job they really wanted, if they had a different degree. There are many resources available to help you make your decision.

1. Remember, you can change your major.

You may declare a major, take a class and realize you really do not like a subject as much as you thought you would.  It is okay, and actually quite common, to change your major.  Most colleges do not require students to declare a major until the second semester of sophomore year, and even after this, there is nothing to stop you from changing your mind.

2. What are you interested in?

Even though you may think becoming an engineer would earn you a six-figure income, if you hate math and science you won’t enjoy the career you are working towards. Try finding a program that will earn you a degree in something you love to do and will help you find a job after college you can enjoy. After all, happiness is something you can’t buy.

3. Think about what you can do with your major.

If you choose something that will require you to attend graduate school, but you are hesitant to commit the time and money required for graduate studies, you may want to consider searching for another degree program that you are better able to use at a bachelor’s level.

4. What are you good at?

Aptitude tests are everywhere. Take advantage of these, and pay attention to the results, as well as to your grades and other measures. Whether you are a college or high school student, there are always resources available. Coker College students have access to MyPlan, a resource that creates a profile of a student based on personality, skills, interests and personal values to suggest a number of potential careers. High schools also use similar resources, which are usually available through guidance counselors. The goal of these tests is to identify where your strengths and interests lie in order to find a compatible career and guide you as you choose a major.

5. What do you want in life?

Whether you are interested in traveling, writing, marketing, counseling or quantum physics, look for jobs that let you use the knowledge you learn in school and allow you to do what you enjoy. Employers search for people who will be dedicated to fill positions, and this is easy when you are doing something you love.

College can be the most exciting time of your life, and it can also be the hardest. It is exactly what you make of it, so don’t spend your time stressing out about what you want to do. If you aren’t sure, talk to someone about it. There are counselors in high schools and colleges, career fairs, family and friends. All of these people can help as you make this important decision. Coker students may also contact Career Services to access more assessment and career preparation resources.

Written by Caitlyn Higgins, Class of '13 - Marketing & Communications Intern
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