It is summertime and many of you young folks are going off to college. Okay, fair enough, many of you older folks are as well. It is an exciting time for you and your family as you make hard decisions for your future. Good luck. I am glad it is you and not me. As a seasoned graduate and higher education professional, let me give you a few quick tips to finding that perfect major.
1. Read a newspaper or watch the news. - Using basic common sense on world events can be instrumental in selecting a major. For example, if their was an over abundance of nurses, you wouldn't want to go into that. There never will be, thank God.
2. Listen to your heart. - Don't pick a major that your heart isn't in. Parents have no right selecting a major. Many schools won't even let them speak or be in a room when the selection is happening. This is your life and you will be living with it.
3. Listen to your wallet. - I'm not telling you to be cheap. I'm talking about a return on investment. What is the world looking for in terms of trade? Could you find a passion doing something like that? Remember that being a clown may be all fun and games, but it won't pay the bills. That is unless you are Ronald McDonald.
4. Consider going undecided. - You have time to decide. Take a year and take your pre-requisites. See what you love and see what you hate. You may want to be a business major and find out that you suck at accounting.
5. Get an internship and externship. - While you are deciding, try experiencing the field. You may find a workplace environment that you like and they can guide you to the best major.