College is over and I’m starting my new life as an adult.
Which is scary and I’m totally NOT ready.
It has me thinking about my past decisions and how it would have been amazing to have someone to talk about choosing a college major. Someone that would have been in same position as I am right now.
Talking with my parents gave me a perspective that I didn’t need at that point. The world works different now. It’s not the same as it was 30 years ago when they were in their 20s.It would have been amazing to have someone to talk about choosing a college major. It would have given me some perspective of the future and what to expect from it. Click To Tweet
I appreciate their opinions and I valued them, but I wish they had also helped me to see the vocational side of choosing a profession.
To start this post I want to introduce myself a little. I’m Melissa and I have a degree in International Business, but before picking Business as my major, I thought about many career options.
I have wanted to be a vet, a graphic designer, a lawyer, an interior designer, an architect, an archeologist, and many others!
Yes, it was really difficult for me to pick a major, but at the moment, I had a plan I needed to stick to.
The pressure to decide something before my senior year ended, made me rush my decision. So ultimately, I decided to study what everyone else does in a situation like this. So I picked to study business.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Choosing A College Major
1. Pick Something That Makes YOU Happy
This is SO important and I truly regret not thinking about this more.
I had an economy class when I was in high school, and I naïvely thought that that was enough to understand what a business major entailed.
It wasn’t, obviously.
So my advice is, don’t only pick something you are good at. Think about if you enjoy it as well. If you are willingly to spend your days doing it.
I was really good at P.E., but I wouldn’t have chosen a major related to sports.
2. Don’t Let A Future Salary Pick For You
I have to admit that this was my main motivation to choose business as my major.
I thought, ‘I want money after college! I want to travel with that money and I want to buy pretty things with that money.‘ Yeah, at 17 years old, I didn’t have any idea how the world worked.
Getting a major in business doesn’t mean you will earn a lot of money. There are hundreds of positions for business-related degrees, and not all of them earn the same money.Not because you have major in business will mean you will earn a lot of money. There are hundreds of positions for business-related degrees. But not all of them earn the same money. Click To Tweet
3. You Can Change Your Major
During my first semester of college, I panicked and I didn’t want to study anything related to business.
I thought about switching major, but my mom made me rethink the issue, and I ended up giving it a second chance.
Yes, it’s OK to give your major a second chance. Classes change during the semester, and you might find the niche you were looking for.
Plans change all the time, and even though it feels like you were wasting time, it’s not really like that. You might not graduate the same time as your classmates or friends, but at least you won’t be miserable afterwards.
4. There’s No Such Thing As Being ‘Too Old’
At 17, my plan was graduating high school and start college right away.
I didn’t want to “waste”, for example, two years in college studying a major, to later change my mind and start a different one.
I didn’t want to graduate college at 25. Which now I realize, there’s nothing wrong with it. Just like I mention on the previous point.
5. Don’t Let Unemployment Rates Scare You
Yes, it’s an important fact to have in mind. You don’t want to graduate college in a oversaturated area, but it shouldn’t be your only motivator.
At the end, if you are good at something and you love it, things will eventually work out.
Also, this is a good moment to introduce you to the Law of Attraction if you haven’t heard about it before.
6. Don’t Take Rankings Too Seriously
I remember researching every ranking available that was related to my future major and school.
Those rankings made me worry too much, and it made me wonder if I was making the right decision.
They are a good tool to get the bigger picture, but they aren’t a reflection of your future.
7. Just Because Your Parents Did It, Doesn’t Mean You Have To Do It Too
Don’t feel the pressure of what your parents want for you. The most important thing is prioritize what you want for yourself.
You can listen to them and their advice, but at the end, it’s your decision.Don't feel the pressure of what your parents want for you. Click To Tweet
8. Learn How It Is To Actually Work In A Certain Area
When it was time for me to start an internship, I was introduced to what it really meant to work in business.
I didn’t like it so much, and it wasn’t what I was expecting (also, that was my own fault to have such high expectations). There were more bad days than good ones, and my doubts started to arise.
I wish I could have experienced ‘one day in the life of’ any job related to my major before making the choice.
9. Don’t Let The People Around You Influence You
If people around you start telling you what to do, listen to half of it. The opinion of different sources will give you different perspectives, but at the end it should be 100% your choice.
10. Your Life Doesn’t Depend On The Major You Choose
You can change your career whenever you want, until you find a path you love.
Now, some people don’t share my opinion on this, but in these few years I have met people that have changed careers.
So don’t be scared to make the wrong choice. Life can take you to different paths and we never know where we will end up going.
Also, as humans we can have multiple passions. We don’t have to be stuck in the same area for the rest of our lives.As humans we can have multiple passions. We don't have to be stuck in the same career for the rest of our lives. Click To Tweet
Not because the world says you need a 9 to 5 job, you have to do it. There are multiple jobs with different schedules. You just need time to find the right one for you.
Also, some people take longer than others to find ‘their call’, so don’t lose hope if you can’t find your passion right away.
11. Write Down The Reasons Why You Are Picking That Major
This is important. Why? There will be a point in your college years that you will need a reminder of why you pick that major in particular.
Those late night trying to study for finals or doing a difficult project will need some inspiration that you made the right decision.
I wish I had made a list back in the day.
In the end, the most important thing is to be happy.
So tell me, are you struggling to choose a college major? Or maybe you are switching majors at the moment? Let me know in the comments!