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Figuring out what you want to do with your life is not easy, and no one expects it to be. In fact, a recent survey performed at a well-known college noted that 80 percent of students (some had chosen a major) were unsure of what they wanted to be. The following are five ideas to help you choose.

Keep Your Options Open

Many students who are having trouble choosing one major decide to focus on a few they are interested in. Sure, this might make you work a little harder, but it also opens you up to more opportunities later in life. Some students major in two or even three subjects and minor in a few others.

Seek a Counselor's Guidance

There are a number of career and college counselors at school. You should take advantage of these counselors because their job is to help students who have not decided on a major. Try to be honest with them so that they can help you figure out a few good options.

A Career Test

You could take a career or personality assessment like the one on Career Assessment Site. These tests are designed to help you understand your personality and your likes or dislikes in hopes of helping you decide where to go from there. There are thousands of careers to choose from, and this test is going to pair you with the careers that match who you are. You are going to get a few choices, but it does help boil down your options a bit.


Chances are you already have a few careers in mind, but you are not sure they are right for you. Perhaps, the best thing that you can do is volunteer in one or more of the fields you are interested in. Find an organization nearby that deals with your interests and see if they offer a volunteer program so that you can get a feel for the field and see if it is a good fit.

Intro Classes

Every major has introductory courses, and you can take these classes. The classes do not cover much, but they cover enough to help you find out if you are interested in focusing on a particular subject for many years. You can even talk to some professors as some may let you sit in just in case you want to go through this process quicker.

These are just some ideas that may help you find your major, and hopefully, they help you on your journey.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Thursday, May 25th 2017 at 10:37AM
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