You’d think picking the right college major would be a piece of cake, right? It can be! But a lot of times it’s not! I know many people who went to school for a particular major only to find out they hated it.
There could be hundreds of majors and minors depending on the college you pick. So, how do you choose the right one? Here are a few tips to get you on the right path of figuring out what you want to do with your career.
Wright Down Your Interests & Strengths
This may seem rudimentary, but it will help you narrow down your choices. Make a list of things that interest you. Do you enjoy math or analyzing data? Do you have good organizational skills and like to plan? Are you artsy or love the outdoors? Do you love being surrounded by people? You should ask yourself these questions before you begin college.
Once you have a list of all your interests, start looking at what majors are offered at your college of choice. Do they offer a major that’s in line with your interests? Once find a few majors that might be a good fit, look at all the classes you will need to take to complete your major.
Research Job Opportunities Within that Major
It’s important to know what type of jobs you can get with your major. Do a few Google searches to see what you can find. Here are some things to consider.
- What’s the starting salary?
- Are there lots of job opportunities where you live?
- Do the jobs you found sound interesting to you?
- Do you need a masters or PHD to get a good paying job?
Get an Internship After Your Freshman Year of College
I got my first internship at the beginning of my sophomore year, and this was the best thing I ever did. However, it would be ideal to get an internship the summer after your freshman year. This will give you enough time to change your major if you need to. Getting real, hands-on job experience will help you know if you picked the right major.
Consider a Minor to Compliment Your Major
If you pick a major like business or marketing, consider pairing it with a complimentary minor like graphic design. That’s what I did— majored in marketing and minored in graphic design. I’ve always liked art but didn’t think studio art would be very helpful. Choosing graphic design was a good pick, because I use those skills almost everyday!
Ask Lots of Questions & Network
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you can never ask too many questions. Reach out to your parents and relatives and see who they can connect you with. If there’s a company you’re interested in working for, reach out to them. Ask them if you can have 15 minutes to ask them some questions about their profession. Most people are very willing to answer questions and help out high school and college students, so don’t be shy!
Create a LinkedIn Account
LinkedIn is a great way to network and connect with people in your field of interest. You can find new people to connect with based on your contacts or just by searching different companies. It’s a great way to send a message to someone you never met.
Start with these 6 tips and you’ll be on your way to picking the right college major. Just so you know, these are the same tips I shared with my youngest sister when she was a junior/senior in high school. Let me know what you thought about this weeks’ Table Talk Tuesday series! I’d love to hear your thoughts on future posts!