What to consider when Choosing a Major

One day you’re a freshman, learning the ins and outs of the complexities of college. Then out of nowhere, Academic Advisement sandbags you, demanding that you choose a major. It seems like a daunting decision to have to make-like it will determine how the rest of you’re life is going to turnout. Relax. Choosing a major is just one minor step in the college experience.

First of all, if you’re a little bit stressed out about your degree or your future, its very normal, as crazy as you may feel. Sometimes a little anxiety can be a good thing. If you were completely indifferent to this step, it would probably mean that your one of the lucky few that have their entire lives scoped out, or, that you haven’t given this enough thought. If you are like the rest of us, who go silver in the scalp dwelling over the confusion and obscurity of the job market, then the first thing you have to know, is that, often, the field you choose get a degree in, won’t necessarily mean that you will have a career in that field.

Did you ever wonder where a degree in Math gets you a job? Have you ever met a Mathmetician or even know what one does? Most Math majors work on Wall Street or in Washington D.C. for the government-and make a alot of moolah. In my introductory Political Science course, my professor, never earned a degree in Policital Science. He was a Psychology major. My sister, who graduated with double-bachelors degrees in both Accounting and Finance, now sells real estate. Knowledge is important, and picking a good Major will direct you toward your goal, but, employers are demanding more and more experience and higher qualifications. This is where the internship and minors and electives play a vital role.

Start early, and apply everywhere. That’s the rule of internships. If you start as early as possible, you will have better opportunities for internships. Internships are invaluable sources of ‘hands-on’ experience. Some offer more college credit than others. Some are paid and some are un-paid. All demand alot of hard work. But, if you want that dream job and dream office, this is where you’ll have to start. Focus on building connections and setting up possible placement opportunities. Many demand specific knowledge, especially the more prestigious internships, and when choosing electives, choose wisely.

Minors and electives are often chosen in regards to their simplicity, or time constraints. Pick electives that will give you the broadest background for your major. Try to encompass as much different knowledge as possible, and it will broaden your resume and make you look more endowed to an employer.

But, in the end, pick something realistic. Don’t just pick a major that will “make you money.” Pick something you genuinely enjoy. If not, you will find yourself clawing at your notebooks during lectures. But there’s one more thing before I get to my own school work.

It’s never too late to change. It may take a little bit longer than you would have wanted, but, you can change your major, and probably will.