Students are often pressured to select a college major before college even begins. If classes have started and you just don’t feel like you’ve made the right choice, it may be time to reevaluate. Here are some things to consider before you make the jump from one major to another.
Think through your new interest
You may find yourself going through a rough time. This can lead to decisions that you wouldn’t normally make. So, before you change your major, determine why you want to do so. If you just had a bad experience in one class, don’t let that get you down. If you had a rough semester because of roommate or family issues, evaluate that. If you had a life changing event that prompted your interest in a new course of study, or if you are having difficulty with every single course, it may be time to make a change.
Talk to your advisor
Discussing your intentions with your advisor is one of the most important things to do. Changing majors can often extend your college career and cost more money. You need to be sure a new major is right for you and determine whether or not you have the time and finances to pursue another path. Additionally, your advisor may tell you that your concerns are very common and that you may want to wait before making a final decision.
Talk to other students
Talk to students who are majoring in what you are considering. Ask questions about their thoughts on the program so far. What do they enjoy or dislike about their major? How do they feel about the professors and potential career opportunities? What are their career goals? If their interests and career goals match yours, you may be more confident that the change is right for you.
Review the coursework
What kind of classes are required for the major you’re considering? If the classes excite you, you may be on the right path. However, if there are never ending math classes and your strong subject is writing, you may want to reconsider. Don’t be afraid of your challenging yourself, but be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses.
Review the job market
Visit your campus career center to learn more about careers in your current major vs. those in your potential major. Where are there the most jobs? Are people actually hiring in the field you’re considering? Remember, you want to find a career you will enjoy and succeed at. You also need to determine if the salary, living situation and job locations fit your expectations.
Make a list
Once you’ve completed the suggestions listed above, make a list of the pros and cons of each major, as well as the pros and cons of changing your major. This will help you see the big picture. You may decide you’re not quite ready for a change and that you need more time to think about it.
Selecting a college major is an important decision, and not one to be taken lightly. However, remember that your major will rarely limit you to one career path for the rest of your life. Your strengths and passions, combined with your education can help you land a dream job that has nothing to do with what you majored in.