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Choosing a college major is one of the most important decisions you'll make in your life. You're investing your time and money into getting an education, so you want to make sure you get as much out of it as you can! If you're feeling unsure, then you're not alone. It's reported that about 4 in 5 college students will change their major at least one time. If you do a little research going in you can choose wisely and dive into everything that your college education has to offer.

Know What You Like...and What You Don't Like

Make a list of things you like to do when it comes to school, work, and spending time with friends and family. Are you always taking charge and planning? Do you like being creative? Do you have big ideas or do you prefer working small? What industries intrigue you? Knowing what you like and what you don't like can help you narrow down your educational options.

Get to Know Yourself Better

There are so many great tools out there that can help you gain insight into yourself and how your personality traits suit different types of jobs. Tests like the mbti test have been used for years to help professionals refine their strengths and weaknesses and how that can translate to find more meaningful employment. You can get a head start by going through a couple of these assessments to uncover what fields suit you well.

Look at the Big Picture

Maybe you love music but you can't hold a tune to save your life. Or, perhaps, you're fascinated by the medical field but don't feel like you're cut out for patient care. There are dozens if not hundreds of roles to play in bringing any service to life. If you feel drawn to a particular industry, then do some research about its inner workings. A music lover could be a sound engineer. Someone intrigued by medicine could be a hospital administrator. Take a big picture view and you'll find many roles that you might like to fill.

It's Okay Not to Know Now

Remember that it's okay to be unsure or to change your mind. Use your first semester or two to explore new fields. Focus on getting in as much experience and diversity as you can. Get involved in school clubs and find a mentor or adviser at your school's career resource center. You'll open your eyes to the possibilities and find something you really connect with.

Whether you're declaring your major for the first time or changing to a better fit, you can use these tips to find something that resonates with you.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Tuesday, January 15th 2019 at 1:56PM
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