Below you can learn the myths and truths about how to best choose a college major and have career success.
False: Career planning has to be intentional. Instead, many people in our country don’t actually make career decisions. Instead, they let circumstances or people that they know make the decisions for them. For example, Beth’s dad thinks that she should become a nurse because it will be a secure job area where she can make a decent salary. Since Beth doesn't know what she should do, she goes ahead and declares nursing as her major. Later in her junior year while doing some field work as a nurse, she determines that she doesn't really like nursing and now feels stuck.
Learning how to make good career and college major decisions involves actions steps that include assessing your gifts and abilities; exploring the right career options; learning decision making strategies and establishing action plans for meeting your goals. Here is a four year college and career plan that can help you to be successful.
False: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the most popular college major is business. Pablo Tioseco at businesschool.com says, “There are various reasons why Business is so popular for young adults. One of the main reasons is that the degree and its concentrations provide great training and a strong foundation for many entry level jobs offered in the marketplace.” If you are love business and have taken time to see how your skills, interests and personality traits would fit with jobs in the business field then majoring in business may be the best choice. However, if you are choosing to major in business because there is a good job market for business majors or you don’t know what else to do, then check out the services we offer that can help you make wise career and college major decisions.
False: San Bernardo in an article at factoidz.com reports that, “Within ten years, seventy percent of college graduates will not be working in a field related to their major. What are the causes? Some graduates, certainly, have little idea as to what they want to do and change fields, and to a great degree, this is not their fault. Some get laid off and begin anew, among other miscellaneous reasons.
However, at the foundation of this factoid is the sobering reality that many college students are being misguided by fulfilling the wishes of parents, society, or a personal desire to achieve much needed prestige and respect.” He goes on to say that, “Ultimately, it’s not even about what anyone else wants or a misinformed desire but more about a lack of focus on what the student wants…
As Steven Covey describes it is important to start with the end in mind. That means related to choosing a college major that you will want to start by finding out what types of career and job area would fit you best. Then you can decide what kind of major would help you to most successfully enter that field of work.
Some material adapted from Liberal Arts Majors: Countering Some Myths (Seattle Pacific University)