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Choosing the Right College Major

July 26th, 2013

4 Steps to Choosing the Right College Major For You

Congratulations, you are now qualified to choose your major! While it's an exciting stage you are in, you might also be anxious and overwhelmed at the decision you have to make. A common mistake of incoming college freshmen is choosing their major based on the current trend in the marketplace forgetting that trends come and go, and who knows what's hot by the time you're ready to join the marketplace? Clearly, that is not the right way to go

Here are 4 steps you can take to help you make a wise choice:

Step 1: Look inside you.

Ask yourself the following questions and be honest:

1. What do you enjoy doing?
2. What are you good at?
3. What have you always wanted to be?

It is very important to choose a major that interests you. A most beautiful scenario is that your major would lead you to your dream career/business and fits your personality perfectly. This is very important so that when tough times come in college (and they surely will), you will still be challenged to move forward and get better, instead being embittered and discouraged

Step 2: Look around.

After assessing yourself, you may have narrowed down your options but the prospects are still overwhelming. Now it's time to look around. In what field do you find yourself contributing while exercising your expertise? Ask people from industries that interests you about what they actually do and how they see the industry in the near future (that is, about the time you are ready to join).

Step 3: Look closer.

Now that you have an idea what the real world looks like, then it's time to get your hands dirty and research for the right program and school for you. Here, you will also consider your (or your family's) budget for your college. This is also the best time for you to seek the advice of education counselors.

There are several programs nowadays that did not exist in university or college "menu" even just five years ago. So free your mind from the restrictions set by thinking about the majors of the people you know.

Step 4: Look ahead.

Now that you have a choice, go ahead and give it a shot. Relax and rest assured that the right choice is not just one but maybe a set of choices. A lot of people go through very stringent processes for choosing their major only to switch to another later. That is perfectly fine as long as it is a step towards the person's dream. There are also those who eventually build a career that is not directly related to their major, and that's no problem as well, as long as they are fulfilled.

Through all these, keep in mind that in college, as in life, the goal is not really hitting the bull's eye (although that would be an awesome bonus), but to just keep moving forward.

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