While it is a big commitment, choosing a major will not directly dictate how the rest of your life will unfold – you are allowed change your mind and explore your options.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average adult in his or her 20s will switch jobs once every three years and the average person will then change careers two or three times in their lifetime. So don't worry if you aren't sure about what you want to be when you grow up, even if you are already grown up (most of the time at least).
There are a lot a factors that go into choosing the degree that is right for you. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, asking yourself a few simple questions might help guide you on the right path.
If you're asking, "What should I major in?" read on.
Makes sense to consider what you want to do after you earn your degree as part of the decision process. If you can picture your dream job, explore what education requirements, the skills, and the knowledge you will need and go after it.
Most importantly, you shouldn't feel intimidated to follow your passions. After all, if everyone pursued the same career, no one would be able to find a job. So use your unique strengths and interests to your advantage and stand out from the crowd.
No, money is not the sole reason why you’re choosing to get an education, so looking for a list of the top college majors won't make your decision for you. However, you will need to earn a living in whatever direction you decide to go. You may decide that you want to choose something with higher earning potential that you can still enjoy or you might want to find a major that has a broader number of career options available.
For example, a B.S. in Communication can lead to jobs in marketing, management, or even human resources while a B.S. in Human Resource Management is more specialized if you know that's what you are most interested in. Pretending you are conducting a job search after you graduate and see what job titles come up to help you get an idea of the demand and wages if that is most important to you.
Once you start narrowing your degree options down, you still might not be sure. It isn't until you start taking courses that you learn enough about a field to know whether or not you'll truly like it anyway.
Try experimenting with a few different subjects during your first few classes to make sure you can see yourself doing it long term. This is especially useful if you have electives to take anyway to ensure you aren't spending money on something you can't use later.
One way to really test out a major for your degree AND add specialized skills to your resume is to use your elective credits as part of a specialization. Complete four or five in project management. If you just love it, make that your degree program. If you aren't sure, earn your degree in Organizational Leadership and you still have your Specialization in Project Management as an impressive secondary set of skills.
Perhaps above all else, you need to be excited and interested in what you’re learning about in order to succeed. Find a major that is personally appealing to you, gives you room to grow, and something that is fundamentally desirable to the economy and the professional world.