Right C3 coaches want to make sure that you go into college with a plan, and that includes your choice of major. Probably the most important decision college students have to make is what they will study. It’s called a major and it will be a big part of your college experience.
Your major determines your degree plan and what courses you will take in college. But where do you begin? The best place to start is identifying your career goal. When you know what career you’re going to pursue after college you choose a major knowing that every course puts you closer to attaining that career goal. If you go the other direction, and choose a major in hopes of stumbling upon the career of your dreams after graduation, let’s just say you may run into trouble.
Choosing a major is easy for some students since certain careers are linked to an obvious major -- for example, accounting. If you want to be an accountant, you will probably major in accounting. But if you want to be a lawyer, on the other hand, you could major in English, sociology, psychology, political science, government, business, or several other things. With careers that are more flexible, in regards to applicable majors, choose something that offers career preparation and satisfies your academic interests. Think about what an employer may notice on your resume and what jobs you want to pursue.
If you’re struggling to pick one specific subject to study, another option is to have a marketable minor. A minor is a subject you take a few classes in, but more than just an elective. You may hear students say that they’re majoring in a foreign language and minoring in international studies, or majoring in education and minoring in psychology. They want to have extra knowledge that makes them more marketable in the workforce. It is actually a wise strategy. So if there’s something you want to study, and it complements your major, consider declaring it as a minor.
You are going to make a lot of decisions in college, but you can start to think about them even now. When choosing a major, just be practical. Research your career and see what majors go best with that career choice. Study something that drives you toward your career goal, and look for colleges that have your major. College goes by fast, so make it count. Contact a Right C3 coach to discuss your career goals and colleges that may help you pursue them.