Many college students choose a major before they have much in the way of life experience. A college major may be selected on a whim, as the result of family pressure, or based on inadequate information. While these reasons can often lead to successful, happy, and productive careers, they can also cause wasted time, personal frustration, and depression.
Understanding the signs that indicate it is time to change majors can help students shift gears, academically, before too much time is spent on the wrong major.
Consistently doing poorly in major courses can be a clear sign that a student is in the wrong major. While an occasional class may prove to be difficult, consistently struggling with coursework related to the current major may indicate that this is not the best area of study for that individual.
When studying material related to a subject of interest, it is generally easy to feel enthusiastic and motivated to learn more and succeed. If a student finds themselves dreading the thought of going to classes related to their major, it may be time for a change. This is not the same thing as dreading a class taught by a teacher the student does not like, which is temporary.
Economic changes can also indicate the need for a new major. Technology and innovation can open up new possibilities that are better suited to an individual. In the same way, downturns in certain industries may mean a decreased demand that make a career less likely.
Many students try to gain more experience in their major through internships or work study. After experiencing the realities of a specific job, some individuals may discover that the selected major isn’t what they thought it was. While classes may be intriguing and enjoyable, the job itself isn’t. That major may be better suited as a hobby, and a new one selected.
Other classes are more interesting
Many college students are surprised to discover talents and interests they didn’t know they had, after taking a wide variety of general education courses. The student majoring in mathematics may learn that they have a natural flair for horticulture or medicine. An elective course may open new doors to careers not previously considered.
If you think it is time to change majors, talk with a career counselor. Most colleges employ professionals who can help you identify a major and career path that will be both satisfying and lucrative.