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Amber Hendrickson

That is a pretty broad request. So here is a broad answer. The best way I have found to pick a major is pick a career field and work backwards. Keep in mind that right now less than 30% of students are working in a position related to their major. While a major might be important, it isn’t going to get you the job at the end – that will depend on the skills you acquire and the people you meet while finishing your degree. You can always just pick something and hope it works out – but the likelihood of you enjoying the next 4-6 years is slim (trust me on this one…).

So what do you want to do when you finish school? Anything is not an option. If you know what career field you want to get into, research that career and choice the best/most popular major. Best way to do this is interview people in that industry - preferably decision makers – and find out what they recommend.

If you don’t know what kind of career you want, here are some questions to get you thinking:
1) Have you taken a personality or learning style test (DISC, Strengthfinders, etc.)? Those tests may not be exact, but they provide valuable insight into what makes you tick.
2) What are you interested in, like to learn/do/practice in your spare time? This may not be something you want to do full-time, but if your activities are within a specific theme, you can narrow down the options.
3) Are you an active person who despises sitting still or could you spend hours on the computer without even realizing it? This makes a big difference long-term. If you need to be constantly interacting with people, I wouldn’t recommend a traditional Accounting job, which typically involves a lot of pushing papers and very little interactions.
4) What kind of environment do you want in your work? Sitting in a cubicle and doing your work without lots of interruption or in a position where you are always interacting with people? Some people thrive in constant change while others a barely able to survive the day.
5) Is school difficult for you or has it been a cake-walk? Do you want to get something and get out as fast as possible? If school has always been difficult and you really aren’t excited about spending another four years in a desk, you might want to consider going for an associates or a certification program.

Answered 7 years ago

Amber Hendrickson