“Now that you’re all grown up and have a high school education, it’s high time for you to decide what you would like to do with the rest of your life.” Wait, what? As if college hunting isn’t enough, now I have to plan my life path too? How do I choose between my interests? What if I can’t find my passion? If this is you, you’re not alone. These questions race through the minds of most college-bound grads.
If you aren't sure what to study in college, here are some tips.
- Know what’s available to you. Check out 50+ majors and explore your interests here!
- Take a career aptitude test. It can suggest industries based on your personality and work style. Already have a career in mind? See if you’re cut out for it. Websites like Your Free Career Test offer great resources.
- Research the jobs that each major might qualify you for. Picture yourself working full-time at each one.
- Connect with professionals in your fields of interest. Ask to meet them for coffee or shadow them for a day. It may seem scary at first, but most will be thrilled to help you. LinkedIn may supply an inroad to a specific company or allow you to reach out to successful alumni from your high school.
- Don't rush your decision. Being undeclared for a while is ok and it doesn’t necessarily have to delay graduation. Fill your schedules with gen ed courses to find out what subjects fascinate you the most. The double benefit to this strategy is that you’ll have all your base-level coursework out of the way so that you can focus on your major once you declare one.
- Don’t stress too much about it. According to the Washington Post, only 27% of college grads in the U.S. have jobs in their major anyway, so choosing a major at a liberal arts school like Greenville University can give you even more freedom in your career choice!