High school students or new college students must decide on a college major. This is not a decision that can be taken lightly. College tuition inflation is a major problem and many young people are facing the possibility of college debt that could be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The economics of deciding the right college major cannot be overlooked. No student wants to end up in a dead-end job because of a degree that is unattractive to most employers. High school seniors are faced with a dilemma of choosing a college majors that is in line with their interests as well as marketable. This decision process is very critical and cannot be taken lightly. However, some young people will make this decision based on all the wrong reasons.
1. Making an Intelligent Choice
The costs associated with college make choosing a major critically important. The intended major will influence both the selection of college and the chances of staying to finish an undergraduate degree. Students have to understand all of this as they move closer to their high school graduation. High school counselors can direct students to information material and also objective measures of individual preferences. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBIT) can offer some guidance from personality-based perspective, as are other tools on the Internet that help the student better identify college majors. Parents and counselors should make sure that the student is aware that these test results are not commandments. They are simply guides to help a person make a decision based on personal assessment information. Choices made based on such data are more informed and are closely aligned to the real preferences of the individual.
2. Create Your Ideal Major
Integrated studies and self-designed majors are becoming more common as means of getting the best possible value for educational dollars spent. Guidance counselors at colleges that provide such majors can help students prepare a self-designed major proposal. The important thing is that these majors must be oriented to a future goal, whether it is further education or a career. Some of the more interesting self-designed majors include environmental sustainability, international relations, or ethnicity studies. Only a cynic would assume that these DIY college study majors would lead to dead-end jobs. In fact, if the student aligns the construction of a major with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics he or she can develop a career path that is satisfying and lucrative.
3. Do Your Research, Make a Choice and Stick with it
Developing a major does not have to be an anxiety ridden task. There are some decisions to be made along the way but they aren’t that difficult. A high school senior should not hesitate to get in touch with the guidance department at the high school, and also take a look at the various options for career related studies. It is important to pursue an academic path leading to a career that is satisfying and pays the bills at the same time. Charting the course is not as difficult as some imagine. It just means taking one informed step at a time. Informational interviews, which is arguably the most recommended tool of a career coach, can also be useful to a high school student or a new college student to narrow down their options. Finally realize that any field of study is so broad that you are bound to find something that you will like, enjoy and be good it. Stick with it and build expertise. With knowledge and expertise, often comes more interest and this becomes a virtuous cycle.