As a young adolescent, trying to figure out a life-changing decision that will affect the course of your future can be daunting. You’ve managed to survive high school and are incredibly eager to jump into the next chapter of your life – university. However, the big question still lingers in the back of your mind, “What are you going to major in?” Through the years, you’ve grown and changed interests so many times that you have no clue when it comes to choosing your major.
Without having to drown in a sea of advice that just seems to be making you more and more confused, we have listed down five mistakes you should avoid when choosing your major in your desired university/college.
1. Choosing For The Money
Studies showed that having a high salary does not indicate that you will be satisfied with your job. With that, while we can deny the importance of money, how much of it you can make should not be your main guideline when deciding what major you should take.
College is a business decision that will costs you a ton of money in exchange for a better career in the future. Your job will consume roughly 40 hours of your time every week. Hence, rather than money, your primary goal to go to college or university is to pick up useful skillset and obtain a degree that will open up career opportunities that you are actually interested in and enjoy doing for the rest of your working life.
2. Failing To Put In The Work
Failing to plan is planning to fail; hence it is vital that you do your research and compile all the necessary information to avoid making any hasty decisions. A good tip is to use your academic results which might give you an idea of where your strengths and weaknesses lie. It would help if you also took note of the course structure and your tuition fees.
Remember to know what you own and know why you own it. You are investing years of your time and money to go to university, hence understanding why you choose your major. Research the potential career opportunities that come with that major, be aware of the classes you would have to take, and talk to people who have experienced it. Just because it looked fun in your favorite Netflix series does not mean that you would want to have that as your career in your future.
3. Following Your Friends
Remember high school? A time where you would never go to the toilet unaccompanied by a friend and where you would do whatever it takes so you could be in the same class and sit next to each other. Regardless, college is a whole different setting where these things don’t apply anymore. You might share the same interests and goals but that does not mean that just because your best friend is pursuing finance that you should too.
You and your friends are completely different people. While similar interests are what made your best friends, you might possess other unique skillsets that will go to waste if you don’t choose a major that aligns with what you want to do. Become college roommates and help each other study, but don’t decide on a career path based on your friend’s. They are choosing majors based on their own personal goals and traits. Thus, why shouldn’t you do the same for yourself?
4. Going For A Romanticized Image
Inspiration plays a pivotal part in deciding what major you want to study in university. However, when you rely on what you see on TV and what you hear from others, it’s easy to get swept away by a romanticized image of your major and the glorious opportunities that will come with it. You may love watching fashion shows, but are you willing to spend countless hours creating hundreds of pieces that might not even make it down the runway? You may want to pursue Law because you think your life will unfold as Law & Order did.
There’s a fine line between reality and perception, and the truth is, reality can be unbearably mundane. Thus, before you make that critical decision, think critically about what is associated with that career path and be honest with yourself on whether you can handle all the demands that come with that career path.
5. Pleasing Parents
Parents will always want what is best for their kids. It is common that parents who have unfulfilled dreams become over-involved in their child’s life and begin to force their dreams and desires onto their children. The intention behind it might be good, such as wanting them to be financially well-off or wanting their children to follow in their footsteps. Regardless, you should let someone else’s suggestions dictate your career decision if you simply think it is right for you.
Take note that your choice of major will have a long-term effect on you. Look at the bigger picture. No matter how much someone else wants something for you, if you are not interested in it, you will be the one that has to live with your decision, not them. Getting through classes and achieving decent grades are easy but will you be happy waking up for the rest of your life to a job you do not enjoy doing? Speak up for yourself and make your own choice.