3 Steps to Choosing the Right College Major for You

3 Steps to Choosing the Right College Major for You
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    Halfway through college you're supposed to decide what subject you want to specialize in.

    Some colleges allow you to design your own majors, while others want you to choose from the available major subjects.


It is a tough choice, one that you have to think through. You will need to understand your aptitudes, your strengths and even your course history before you can make the right choice.

Choosing a college major is not all that tough if you follow the steps here.

Step #1: List Your Preferences

What is that one subject you like in college? A look into the past, and the subjects you studied at college should help you get an idea of your preferred subjects.

For instance, if you have a love for reading and languages, you could pursue a major in Literature.

Or if you’re interested in how international trade works, or you have always been attracted towards business, then you can pursue that.

How will you identify what you love the most?

  1. Start with listing out all the things you love, whether inside or outside the classroom.
  2. This exercise will also help you define your strengths and weaknesses. Once you have noted them, you will be able to identify the courses that are best suited for you. You can also eliminate the courses that you believe are your weaknesses.
  3. Finally, you need to map your careers with the courses available at your college to make the final choice.

Step #2: State Your Goals

In order to decide on your choice of career, you need to know what your goal is. What do you aim to do with your life, career-wise, after college? This will help you decide the college major that you should opt for.

You should have an idea about the degrees that you can get based on the major you select.

For instance, if you are interested in arts, then you can opt for an associate degree in arts, which is a two-year course. If you want to go for a bachelor’s degree, then you can opt for the same in art and science. There is a graduate degree for advanced subjects, and the joint degree, which is a combination of two degrees.

And finally, do you want to go for a masters, or go for employment after graduation? Knowing this will help you choose the majors for your college.

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Step #3: Connect With Professionals

The final step in making the right career choice is to connect with consultants and professionals who can guide you in your choice. You can even visit the career fairs hosted in your town or city. Ask the professionals if they can advise you about some career choices. It is important to listen to the advisers and how they view your career choices.

Are you feeling more confident to choose your college major after reading this article? If yes, then we would like you to share this article with your college friends, and help them make a perfect choice as well. After all, choosing a college major is a one-time affair, and you cannot go wrong with it.

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