Remember your childhood dreams of becoming a doctor/teacher/actor or astronaut? Back in those days, you couldn’t even imagine the choice of career would be such a challenging task. While deciding on your college major, you not only choose what to study in a next couple of years, but you shape your whole future life. The following tips will help you break the mold of misconceptions and biases and choose the labor of love.
Do not try to follow your parents’ career path
If you feel that you are extremely passionate about what your mom or dad do in their professional life, and you have always dreamt of following their path, disregard this advice. Otherwise, please, ask yourself a simple question: “Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life? Every day?” We highly recommend you to consider other career options and try to reduce the number of graduates regretting their college major choice.
Practice public speaking
Seriously, this is an enormously useful thing regardless of the major you choose. Join a public speaking class and develop this highly valued skill. And while you cannot be 100% certain that you will find a job according to your major, good communication skills is what you can benefit from every day.
Decide what you like the most
Discovering your real talents is the best way to choose your future career. What do you like doing the most? What do you do when you have free time? Would you like it to be your full-time job if the pay was really low? Considering your hobby as your future major might be the best decision in your life.
Discover other career options
A specific major actually allows you to work in a variety of fields. For instance, you might be a graphic designer, but work in marketing, fashion, advertisement or even court. No matter how obvious the area of employment is, job options are numerous.
This piece of advice is closely linked to the previous one. For instance, you might want to be a physician, but your family cannot afford it. Why not consider physical rehabilitation? This is very similar and might give you additional benefits.
Try your dream job on
The best way to decide whether a major is good for you is to try it! You may shadow people working in the area, interview them and so on. Some schools already suggest this option. If not, you can always contact representatives of the field you are interested in and ask them for help or some advice.
No matter what your choice is, you should always remember that you can change the career whenever it doesn’t feel right for you. The statistics is on your side here: usually, people change careers 6-7 times in a lifetime.
So, the best thing you can do now is to focus on where your professional life will begin, rather than where it will end. Just listen to your heart and stay yourself.