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How to decide a college major

February 24, 2013
Emily Snider - editorial intern , Reinbeck Courier

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a common question that adults ask kids all the way until they get to college. There are some kids that know exactly what they want to be, but there are also kids that have no idea what they would like to be. Choosing a college major is the first step in deciding what career you would like to pursue after college. These are a few tips that will help you choose a major for college.

The first tip is to wait until college. Worrying about your professional life before you even set foot in college can cause unneeded stress and pressure for the student. You should give yourself time in college to explore different classes before deciding what field of study looks the most appealing. You are also more mature after a year or two of college, and this is the time that you should be making life decisions.

There are many ways that you can explore different careers. You can job shadow a career or you can do an internship. For the past few months I have been doing an internship with the Reinbeck Courier. This allowed me to explore a career that I hadn't been able to explore yet. I have learned a lot about myself over the past few months. It gave me a different perspective of the real world that I had never seen before. This is how my internship aided me in exploring a potential career.

Dan Reisner, the Guidance Counselor at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School said, "Take career interest inventories. Many are free online including the ones we use at GRHS, such as 'I Have a Plan Iowa.'" Taking these interest inventories are a good way to get things narrowed down, and cross out careers that you are definitely not interested in.

Make sure that what you choose is your passion. Once you find something that you are interested in, you will be able to find a career that you would enjoy doing within that field. If you want to be successful in that career you need to make sure that you feel passionate about it. Passion leads to hard work, and hard work leads to success in any career.

The last tip has to do with avoiding a mistake once you do choose a major. Reisner stated, "The biggest mistake people make is not considering whether the major they're pursuing will lead to being qualified for a job or career that is projected to be in demand." If you major in something, you will want to make sure that there is a good outlook in that field. These are just a few tips and things to avoid when you are thinking about choosing a major that will lead to a promising career.



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