How to Know Which Major is Right for You

Last updated: May 28, 2021

How to Know Which Major is Right for You?

The university-planning process encompasses a great variety of different, intense emotions. The most prevalent of these emotions, though, is the immense confusion and indecision all students experience when trying to pick a major. A lot of questions suddenly present them self: What major suits me best? What factors should I base my decision upon? Is this really the major I want? Am I making a mistake? We're here to remind you that all of these questions and doubts are normal, and to guide you through their answers, as well as offer some tips on what you should be focusing on.

What major suits me best? What factors should I base my decision upon?

Ask yourself these questions: What am I good at? What skill would I like to enhance? What subjects am I most interested in? Once you’ve answered these question, it’s highly recommended that you get to know all the details about each and every option you’ve narrowed down. Then, start eliminating possible careers accordingly. For instance, skip a career in medicine if you think you can’t handle blood, and look for a career that involves communicating with people if you think that’s what you can do best. This is not to say that you should completely disregard a career if you lack a certain skill that it requires; you can always work on gaining skills and learning about them. However, you should disregard a career if you don’t have the slightest interest in working on yourself for it. After all, everything should go back to your genuine interests.

You also have to look at the major from a career-driven perspective. A good way to do that is to seek answers from those who already work in the field; listen closely to multiple peoples’ experiences and determine if that lifestyle/work environment sounds suitable to who you are, or who you want to be.

Is this really the major I want?

This question incites a great deal of internal conflict and turmoil within every student. But its answer is simpler than you think! After thoroughly researching the major in mind, what you should do next is try to experience it hands-on. Interested in marketing? Take the first step and enroll into one of the endless marketing student activities, or sign up for an internship. You could also try taking free online courses related to the major you’re interested in, to get a feel of what it’d be like studying the subjects in college. If you feel like the course is close to what you had in mind, then you’re probably on the right track.

Am I making a mistake?

As humans, we tend to be afraid of taking the wrong decision. Whether it be the fear of regret or failure, we can’t help but doubt. We also tend to forget that there’s no such thing as a “wrong decision”. If you’ve carefully examined interests, researched the different majors, and experienced them hands-on, then you have no room left for mistakes. Sure, there will always be hurdles to overcome and times of struggle, but as long as you feel like you’re working towards your idealized bright future, then you’ve got nothing to fear.

It’s important to know that the vast majority of students struggle when it comes to choosing a major, so you’re not alone. When there are so many options and possible futures laid out in front of you, not knowing what you wish to major in is completely normal. You just have to gather up the will to dive deep into it. Start exploring what you want to do in the future as early as you can, volunteer in different positions, try out activities related to many majors, and start deeply considering your interests and working on them. Finally, always keep in mind that it’s never too late to start exploring.

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