Deciding a major can be a daunting task for university students — especially for those who have yet to identify their own personal skills and interests. Related: Resumes When You Don’t Have A College Degree In this article, I will share with your several factors that you should consider before deciding on your major.
PassionIf we are to ask big names, such Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, or Bobby Flay, what make them successful, most of them will answer, “I follow my passion." Without a doubt, passion is one of the important keys in every successful action. Therefore, for students who have to make the decision regarding their majors, they must be prepared to answer one of these questions.
- What do you enjoy study the most?
- Do you prefer to study biology or engineering? Taking cooking class or writing class?
- What are you passionate about?
- Are you passionate about medicine and health? Do you prefer engineering or computer? Do you enjoy cooking or playing sports?
- What do you want to contribute to the society?
- Do you want to find the cure for AIDS or build the highest building in the world? Do you want to cook delicious meals or entertain people?
- Can you see yourself doing something for the next twenty or thirty years?
- Can you imagine being happy working as a doctor or engineer or journalist or chef for the years to come?
CareerFor students who know what they want work as after graduation, you may select your major according to your chosen career. Although a major doesn’t necessarily dictate a job, it does help to ease and speed up the process of entering into your desired career path. For example, studying Biology, instead of computer network, can help you to enter medical school and assist you to become a doctor.
Find ResourcesAs a student, there are various sources available out there from which you can gain information and advice.
- Seek information from university website/catalogue - Identify the names of majors provided in your university by browsing through the website or programmes catalogues.
- Seek advice from academic counsellors - Seek advice from your academic counselor. He can help to shed some light on some of your questions and concerns.
- Seek online resources - There are several websites that can assist students in identifying and choosing their suitable majors such as MyMajors.com and CollegeBoard.com. MyMajors.com, for example, provides tools for students to do university life’s planning and to select majors.