Choosing a major is something students understandably struggle to do when entering college.
Students often have a undeclared major the first year and will switch their major at least once throughout college. Why? Because you ultimately are choosing an interest/career path for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision. Or at least that’s how many students look at it.
The truth is, people may switch careers a few times throughout life and some pursue careers unrelated to their college degree. However, you still want to choose a major that’s right for you because you’ll be studying the subject for at least four years and it’ll help you get closer toward your dream job.
Since there is so much thought into choosing a major, it’s easy to listen to others instead of yourself. Parents, friends or even co-workers might give you their reasons for why you should or should not pursue a specific degree.
In college, I switched my major twice because, right after high school, I was unsure about a career choice.
I remember I had my share of input from others regarding my major. Some opinions were positive, but others were discouraging. Since I had little confidence in my interests and career at the time, I took the opinions of others to heart.
When I told someone I was majoring in education, he responded, “Why would you choose that major?”
When I told someone I was majoring in communication, she responded, “What would you do with that degree?”
And lastly, when I told someone I was majoring in journalism, the degree I earned, he responded, “Good luck in a dying industry.”
Unfortunately, although I did get some, it was less likely to get positive feedback about my major during a time in my life when I was confused, uncertain and outright scared about my future.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only student receiving discouraging feedback on my career choice. Honestly, I can’t blame anyone for giving their opinion. It’s only because they care about your future and want to help.
My advice: Only listen to yourself.
I always knew I loved writing. Early on, once I learned how to write, I couldn’t put the pencil down. It’s always something I’ve enjoyed, but didn’t really know how to pursue it in high school.
Yes, I agree journalism is a tough field and always knew this, but I am up for the Challenge. I don’t need someone else to decide whether or not I am capable of accomplishing my goal.
Bottom line, I finally decided to pursue my interest instead of listening to others. I am so happy I made that choice.
I now have a full-time position as a Communications Specialist where I use my writing skills every day. I also blog for CollegeCures and LadyChoices. I’ve gained valuable skills and have confidence in myself.
If you want to be happy, work hard and pursue your interests because it is so important to love what you do. After all, it’s your life and you’re the one who is going to be living it.