How to choose a major that puts you on the path to success was originally published on College Recruiter.
Choosing a major is one of your most crucial decisions in college. It is not just about picking a subject that’s interesting or easy for you; it’s about finding a path that allows you to channel your strengths, nurture your interests, and ultimately achieve your goals. Here are five questions to ask yourself as you choose your major:
Find Your Passion
When you find a major that fits all these criteria, it is time to start looking for schools. The first step is choosing the right school for you. Consider what type of community environment would best suit your learning style and personality and how much financial aid they offer students like yourself.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
The first step to choosing a major is knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Are you good at math but terrible at English? Do you excel in creative writing but hate science? If so, you need to identify these skills before making decisions about your future. Once this has been done, it’s time to take stock of what kinds of jobs are available in those fields and if they match up with what interests or excites you most.
Find an Area of Excellence
As you are exploring your interests and abilities, it’s important to be honest about what you enjoy and where your strengths lie. If something comes naturally to you, that is an area of excellence.
When choosing a major based on an area of excellence? Think about things like this: What do I enjoy doing? What makes me happy? What kinds of things come naturally to me? Are there any patterns here, areas where all three questions produce similar answers? And most importantly: does this sound interesting enough to me?
Set Goals for Yourself
Setting goals is an essential part of success. You need to know what you want and how you’re going to get there before you can make any real progress.
To set goals, you must clearly know what success looks like for yourself. It could mean graduating with honors or landing an internship at your dream company after graduation; it could mean having enough money saved up so that when your car breaks down, it does not completely derail your plans for the week or month. Whatever it is that makes sense for your life situation and personality type, make sure those things are included as well.
Once those things are determined, try writing them down somewhere they will stay aware: on paper, voice recorder or whatever works best for keeping track of important stuff like this. Then take some time to think about how much time each goal might take before breaking them down into smaller chunks so that reaching each one does not feel overwhelming (this step may require some trial-and-error). Once these smaller milestones have been established within each more oversized goal line item itself (for example: “By July 1st” or “Before September 1st”), write these dates down too. Finally – once everything has been clearly defined within its section(s) – start working toward making those dreams come true by acting every single day towards achieving those goals, but remember, not all actions will lead directly towards success, so keep trying different tactics until something sticks.
Try Something New
- If you need to figure out your passion, one way to find out is by trying new things. Experiment with a sport or hobby utterly different from anything else. Take a class outside of your major (or even outside of school). Travel somewhere where no one knows who you are and see if that changes how people treat you. Work at a job that requires skills different from those used in previous employment even if it’s temporary.
- Figure out what makes sense for me right now. It can be challenging because so many options are available: Should I stay where I am? Wait until my 30s before having kids, so they are old enough when I am ready for retirement and then die before ever getting around to enjoying their company as adults?
You can choose a major that puts you on the path to success
When you are choosing a major, it’s important to keep in mind that there are lots of different paths to success. You do not need to worry about getting a degree immediately or even choosing a major. You can only get started on learning how to be successful right now.
If you want some help figuring out what kind of person might be best suited for this path, let me tell you about myself: I am a success expert, and I’ve been doing it for years now. My job is just one example. I have done many other things successfully in my life, too.
By following these, you can choose a major that puts you on the path to success. There are so many options, and it is important to find one that makes sense for your personality and interests. We hope this guide helps you figure out what path is best for you.
— Article by Chantelle Torres, a PR Outreach Specialist at VEED.IO. She is passionate about the arts, music, and fashion. She spends her free time reading books and watching movies.