Choosing a major – what you wish you had known

Choosing a major – what you wish you had known

Once you have started college, every student will face the question of which major to choose at some point. Some of us know what they want to be when they grow up, and others may struggle a little with finding out what it is they want to do.

We at peerTransfer have put together a list of things to consider to help you find the perfect major that reflects your passion and help you choose classes that will help you get the job you love.

1.      What do I like?  Many students pick a major because other people around them think it’s a good idea. Whether it’s your parents who have taken that specific career path themselves and want to make it a family history, or because “everyone” does it, etc. You have to make sure that what you choose aligns with what you want to possibly do for the rest of your life. You have to figure out what you like and choose accordingly. It sometimes helps to make a list of things you like and are passionate about to narrow down the direction.

2.      Do I know enough about the major and the career opportunities?  Some majors sound better in theory than they are in practice. You may be interested in a certain field, but not necessarily know what specifics are involved. Make sure you know what the major you’re potentially interested in is about – apart from introductory courses, sit in on some higher level classes at your college.  Also do a little research on the potential jobs you could do with that major. Do the current conditions and the following years indicate there will be enough demand for those jobs?

3.      Is my school strong in this major?  Once you’ve made sure it’s the path you want to go and you have all the requirements it takes for the major of your choice, check out if your college has a strong department in the field. Make sure they have enough qualified faculty members that will be able to help you advance in the discipline.



4.      Am I good at this major?  As wonderful as the idea of a major and a future job sound, make sure that you have the requirements to succeed at it, as well. If you have little ability in the field, doing a major you’re not good at may result in a year with courses of stress and frustration.

5.      If in doubt, ask.  If you are not sure you are going the right direction, talk to a career advisor at your school, a graduate student or a college professor in that subject. Everyone is there to help you pick something in line with your interests and goals, it’s up to you to be pro-active and find out if it’s the right thing for you.

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