How to Pick The Right Major
Find Your Lane
To most students, figuring out what to major in is a scary thought. Although it’s not paramount in your first two years to know exactly what you’re going to major in, it’s very helpful to understand what lane you want to operate in. What we don’t want you to do is take an “aptitude” test that says you’d be good at sales, coaching football, or analyzing DNA. Those are often unhelpful and confuse students more than they were already.
Did you grow up around an entrepreneurial parent and lean towards studying business? Were you on your high school’s debate team and thus might consider communications, journalism, or political science? Have you always leaned in to help friends with nasty injuries or do you run away at the sight of blood?
Self-awareness isn’t too common for an 18-22 year old, but it will serve you well to work towards knowing yourself so you can use that information to make more educated decisions regarding your future.
Speak With Practitioners
The best people to talk to when deciding on a major are those already working in the field you’re considering. You likely know at least one adult through a friend or family member that’s in the field or a similar field as the one you’re considering. Ask them what an average day is like, what they truly enjoy in their work, along with what they don’t prefer about their role.
These conversations will be highly beneficial in both identifying what lane to operate in and in the future what specific major to pursue.
Understand Your Priorities
The first thing to note here is that the good folks at Future Csuite will never say “take the highest offer”. Money will work itself out over time as you learn, grow, and develop expertise. You may happen to get a great offer or take the offer for an internship or full-time job that was the highest, but it should never be the single most significant factor in what major you choose or job offer you accept. Money plays a part (especially if you’ll graduate with student debt), but it’s not ultimate.
So, what are your priorities? We encourage you to write these out and discuss with others. Are you passionate about serving others in some sort of medical capacity? Do you desire to work in a large corporate environment or in a small-mid size organization? Could you envision yourself selling something or are you more operational in nature?