Haven’t decided what you want to do when you grow up? Well, the good news is that’s not something you have to answer quite yet. Surprisingly your career and your major aren’t necessarily the same thing. Here are a few steps to help you on the road to finding a college major that you can be happy and successful with.
Step 1: Understand that picking a major is not the same as picking a profession
This is something that really needs to sink in. Sure, there are certain careers that have a direct linear path from major to career, such as engineering and nursing. However, almost everything else has no real direct relationship. In today’s job market, companies are looking for individuals who have strong communication skills the ability to think critically.
So, no matter what major you choose, it’s important to complement it with volunteering, school clubs and organizations, and internships. There are Art majors who become lawyers, Economics majors who become veterinarians, and Government majors who become ministers. In all these examples, you are able to see the vast options available to different majors.
Step 2: Choose a major that you enjoy and in which you can academically succeed
If you enjoy the major, you will enjoy doing the work. In turn, your enjoyment of the work will allow you to excel academically. With a good G.P.A., you will build a strong foundation to get a job and/or get into a good graduate program.
Step 3: Give yourself the opportunity to research and explore different majors
At this point, don’t worry about what you’re going to be or do for the rest of your life. Think about what you’re going to do in the next four years and plan accordingly. Give yourself permission to not know and simply explore possibilities. In the process, you will be learning critical skills that any liberal arts major will give you, such as: critical thinking, clear communication skills, professional writing skills, and the ability to research.
Here are a few ways that you can explore majors at Chapman University:
- Research on Panther Major Search to see all the different possibilities for majors
- Review the undergraduate catalogue to learn more about the different majors
- Talk to Professors, Upperclassmen, and Alumni
- Take an introductory class in a major that you feel may interest you