5 Ways to Know Which Major is Right For You (Plus a Bonus Way)
Published on May 4, 2016 by Tom Westover
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your college career is what you’ll major in. Although your major doesn’t completely dictate what job you’ll have in the future, it can open up exciting career possibilities. At the very least, it will decide how you dedicate a good portion of your study time! If you’re trying to decide what to major in, here are a few things you might think about while making your decision:
- Make a Pro-Con List: If you’re deciding between two majors, try writing down what appeals to you (and what doesn’t) about each option. Think about what requirements each major entails, what skills the major will help you develop, and what kinds of jobs require that degree. Does one option stand out as having more advantages? Sometimes, the tried-and-true methods of decision making are the best!
- Take Some Required Courses: Even though many students grumble about having to take required courses, sometimes requirements get you to take a course you’d never enroll in otherwise—and unexpectedly find your passion. Remember that you don’t have to declare your major right away, so take time to get some of those requirements out of the way first. You could find your calling along the way.
- Chat with Professors: Always think of your professors as resources. If you have a favorite class, ask to talk with them in person (or over email, if the course is online) and ask them questions about majoring in their field. Your professors can give you an idea of what kind of careers that major can lead to, and what opportunities it provides. If you leave the meeting feeling excited and energized, maybe that’s the major for you.
- Think Far Ahead: This can be hard to do if you’re just starting college, especially if you just finished high school, but it’s helpful to imagine where you want to be once you finish your degree. Do you want to be pursuing a specific passion? Does your dream job require a specific skill set that you can acquire while an undergraduate? Then maybe that’s where your focus should lie as a student.
- Take a Personality Test: If you’re still trying to figure out where your strengths lie, taking a free personality test online might reveal something about your strengths and weaknesses that you didn’t know before. A popular one is the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – some people even list their MBTI type on their resume!
Bonus: Follow your gut, your heart, your instinct, or whatever you want to call it: They say that on a multiple-choice test, you should always go with your first answer, because it was probably right. Sometimes, life is like that, too. If you know deep down the direction that you want to pursue, maybe it’s time to follow that instinct.
Broadview University offers a wide selection of exciting programs that lead to fulfilling careers. If you’re interested in learning more about the degree programs offered at Broadview, you can peruse them online or request more information.