7 Tips to Help Choose a Major

Saturday, April 22

Deciding to attend college comes with many decisions. Among them is choosing one’s major. Such a decision can shape your trajectory for coursework, as well as career path. But how do you choose a college major that will serve you now and in the future?

Most students build on a passion and choose their area of study from there. But what if you’re feeling uninspired or torn between two majors? These seven tips might help to make things a little more black and white.

1. Don’t overthink it. Sometimes our calling lies in what we like to do. Think about what activities you find yourself getting lost in. Do you enjoy taking photos or documenting events for your school yearbook or for your family? Maybe a career in journalism is right for you. Or perhaps you can’t get enough of computer coding? Computer science might be your match made in heaven.

2. Talk to recent graduates. Sometimes it’s best to get honest, real-world accounts from graduates to  help you make a better decision. Ask what they majored in and if they would do anything differently if they were to do it again. What challenges and opportunities did their chosen major present in helping them secure a job?

3. Get a part-time job or internship. A part-time job or internship can provide a taste of a particular career or industry. For example, if you are considering studying veterinarian medicine, you might try to get a job or internship at the zoo. Some workplaces even offer paid internships, which can give you a leg up on other students from a resume standpoint, help you explore career possibilities, and help you save for college at the same time.

4. Volunteer. Similar to an internship or job, volunteering can provide a closer look at career paths while also enhancing your resume. Considering studying social work? Then you might look into volunteering at a nursing home or social service agency.

5. Take career and personality assessments. These tests can serve as guides for choosing a field of study. Certain personality types are better suited for certain careers. For example, being a nurse calls for traits like empathy and quick thinking skills. On the other hand, accountants tend to be analytical and detail oriented. While certainly not the end-all-be-all, you might find these tests reveal aspects of your personality conducive to certain professions, and some you may not have considered before.

6. Participate in extracurricular activities. Regardless of interests, there is likely a club or organization for you at your school. Are you artistically gifted? Look into joining an art club. Have a faculty for language? Check out the French or Spanish club. Such opportunities will allow you to connect with students with similar interests and ambitions and explore possibilities for life after high school.

7. Sign up for a pre-college summer program. Use your time off from school to your advantage. Many higher education institutions offer intensive programs in the summer for high school students to explore majors. Check with colleges in your area for specifics. If money is a concern, look into scholarships.

As you pursue these tips, we join with you as you prayerfully consider your next step. “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Psalm 48:14, NIV).

Grace College offers over 70 majors to choose from and every student at Grace completes 12 hours of Applied Learning. This can be especially helpful as you gain practical experience for your career. If you have questions about the majors offered at Grace College, contact the Admissions office, or call 866-974-7223.