Earning a bachelor's degree is an important step to finding the ideal career. But choosing what to major in can be a very difficult choice for young college students. In fact, many college students change majors at least once in their college career. But how does one find the right field of study? How does one determine what career path is best suited for them?
Take and trust the first-year experience class. All universities have a class dedicated to helping incoming freshmen transition into college life. These classes help you explore your options, so they can be beneficial.
Take new classes in subjects you're unfamiliar with. Many young college students stick to what they're accustomed to and are afraid to take courses they have limited experience in. But taking these different classes can introduce you to new opportunities you may enjoy.
Decide what it is you want from your career. Is money your top priority? If so, business and law can be the ideal careers paths. Do you want to travel to exotic places? Anthropology could be right up your alley. Do you like to help others in need? Medicine and social work could be a good fit. These are questions that should be asked to narrow down that search for a bachelor's degree.
Determine your skills and passions. Do you excel at math? Engineering and other sciences would be good options. Do you like being creative? Maybe you are suited for something in the arts. Understanding yourself and what you're good at is a key to finding the right major.
Discover what majors are available. Sometimes a school may have wider or more narrow options when it comes to choosing a major. If you're already enrolled in a school, make sure to thoroughly examine your options; you may be surprised at how many majors exist that you didn't know about.
Talk to your adviser. Your adviser can help you by pointing you in the direction of options specific to your school as well as answering your questions and giving you advice.
- Make sure your coursework your first year is broad. Liberal arts universities require a certain number of "core" classes, meaning classes in fields outside of your major. Taking these courses early not only ensures that you stay on schedule to graduate on time, but allows you to learn the basics of many possibilities and helps you make a decision faster. It's always frustrating to start off your college career focusing on one field of study only to change your mind, find that those classes you took won't count toward your new degree, and have to basically start over.
Marques Williams is a filmmaker and writer based in North Carolina. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and cinema studies from the University of Toledo, he set out to establish himself as a playwright, screenwriter, film director, and essayist. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, he has written for several websites, including Culture Unplugged and WILDsound.