Find The Right College Course For You!
Choosing your course in college is one of the first pivotal decisions you’ll ever have to make for yourself. Your choice of college major can usually define your career path and professional environment, which in turn spill over to affect the rest of your adult life too.
Here’s a helpful guide with six key questions to ask yourself as you choose your college major. There is no singular basis to determine your choice of course. In fact, it’s best to bear all these factors in mind, reconciling them with one another, to narrow down your options. When making a major decision like this, it’s worth taking time to study all possible aspects that could influence your choice.
You probably have some idea of your top career preferences by now. List them down, and for each profession, list down the logical college courses that would lead you to that field. Take note that one profession does not always translate to just one major. If you’re aiming to be a doctor for example, you can major in any of the sciences like biology, psychology or even chemistry as an undergraduate. A lawyer may have taken accounting, economics or management in college before entering law school. While career choice is an obvious determinant for your college course, it is by no means the only one.
Knowing your career inclinations won’t always automatically translate to specifying your interests. You may want to be a teacher, but what kind of teacher do you want to be? Do you like math, literature or history? Even if you’re almost already decided on a career, you won’t be practicing it until you graduate. In the meantime, you need to consider a course that can get you closer to your career goal but which you’ll also remain fascinated with, as you attend classes, work on reports and study for exams in the next four years.
You may want to develop specific skill-sets that will help you not only in your career but in other aspects of your life as well. Management skills usually prove themselves useful in almost any field. A course that has some finance or accounting units can also be helpful when you want to expand on your chosen profession later on.
Check out the colleges and universities you’re choosing from. Examine their academic listings and ask what the schools’ core courses are. See what they’re known for. Find out if they offer a competent program in the course(s) you are considering. If none of the schools around you offer the course you like, ask yourself if you want it enough to spend more and relocate to whichever college or university is good at it.
When you’ve identified your top few course choices, try to interview people in these majors. Talk to students, preferably in the junior or senior years. Ask them about the workload, and how their subjects are. If you’ve identified some schools, ask students there about how the course’s department faculty is. Also, inquire with seniors about how their career placement options have been. What kinds of offers are made available to those graduating from that course?
Talk to some graduates of the course you are considering too. Ask a relatively recent graduate (3-5 years out of college) how his major has actually contributed to his professional competence. Try to also find some older graduates of the course, like from 10-15 years ago. Ask them about the continued relevance of that major in their lives today. Does it continue to be helpful? The answers of these people will give you a good idea of what you can expect from this college course on both the short and long terms.
Think about these six factors interdependently as you consider your options for a college major. Choose the course that you’ll enjoy studying as it prepares you for your chosen field. See that it equips you with the skills you need, and can be competently delivered by a school within your access. Check if it can land you the job you want after graduation, yet still be relevant to you years from now.
When it’s your future at stake, making a well-informed decision is the smartest way to go!