“Know what you own, and know why you own it.” – Peter Lynch
If you are in the final year of school and want to continue your study to college, Picking up which major you want to take could be a hard decision for you. Because the fact is, according to the BestColleges commissioned YouGov PLC, 61% of college graduates would change their major if they could go back to school.
So, in this article I will help you to prevent you from the regretness the failure of picking the wrong major when you were already in college.
1.Figure Out Your Goals
College is just the next step to many, but choosing which major suits you, needs a right calculation. After you surely choose a major that you think will be the right one for you, try to imagine yourself on what you see yourself in 5 years after you graduate from college. How far your major could bring you to a bright future. The important thing in this first step of choosing a major is, don’t follow your friend, but just follow your dreams and figure out what you want to do in the future.
2. Talk To Older Students or Someone Who Already Has Job
Discussing your future with your classmates is not enough. You need to see another perspective from someone who already experienced it.
Try to talk and discuss what you want to do after graduating from high school and what is your future job with your seniors, alumni or someone who already became an employee. They will give you so much insight, so it will help you to consider it more carefully if your chosen major will be the right one for you to achieve your goals.
3. Chances of Finding Employment
Find out how much companies need your expertise in the field of studies. It will help you to get you a job right after graduating from college. Keep in mind that every major is important to the world.
You also need to consider if your major will prepare you for alternative options in case you want to change careers in the future. In addition hard skills/technical skills are actually not enough.
Try to get more valuable soft skills, such as communication, leadership, and time management. They will be useful and serve as a good foundation in any career.
4. If You Find Which Major Suits You, Do Research Of It
Try to research your major about what is the subject you will take and what other activities to support your subject such as doing an internship. Doing an internship will widen your horizon about your career path. You also need to make sure that you are able to get more experience and knowledge outside the classroom.
“What you do in the classroom is usually a very poor indicator of what an actual career in your major will be like.”
I do hope those steps above will help you consider which major suits your future career. Remember that college is an investment of yourself. Every semester you spend in college, you invest so much money and time.
It doesn’t mean you won’t have fun, there are so many fun activities you can get in college but keep in mind that you need to prioritize your study to prepare for the future you want to live.