entering college have already decided their academic majors.
National statistics vary but most state that at least 50% of
entering college students are undecided about their majors.
Once a student
decides on an academic major, he/she will stick to it.
Not likely. 50% - 70% of students change their majors at least
once, most will change majors at least 3 times before they graduate.
choose a major based on current job trends.
Job market demands are constantly changing and what’s hot today
may not be hot tomorrow. Furthermore, estimates from various sources
state that 40% - 60% of the jobs of the future have yet to be
choose majors directly related to their careers.
The truth is that more than 50% of college graduates pursue
careers that are not related to their majors. Keep in mind that most
employers just want you to have a degree in something.
career/personality assessment or career professional can tell you
what to major in and what to do with your life.
Not. The purpose of these assessments is to help you clarify and
understand your strengths, weaknesses and preferences so that you
can make more confident decisions. A good career professional will
help guide your decision making process but will not make these
decisions for you.
A major will limit
Not in the least! A math major can have a business related career
just as a business major can be a psychologist. For most people,
it’s what you do in your graduate program or on the job that will
dictate your career path. So getting back to the examples above, a
math major can go on and get a Masters in Business Administration
(MBA) and a business major can go on and get a graduate degree in
A college degree
guarantees career success.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Even the President of the
United States will be out of a job someday. What a college degree
does do however, is increase the odds that you will be gainfully
employed and that if you lose your job, you will spend less time
unemployed than someone without a college degree.
If you are
undecided about a major, consider the following:
Take a Counseling class
Counseling 101 – “College and
Career Orientation” or Counseling 151 – “Career Exploration and Life
Planning” are excellent courses that will help you explore options
in a systematic way with a counselor as your guide.
Work individually with a career
counselor in the Career Development Center.
Career counselors are trained
to help you clarify your goals using a variety of assessments and
Ask a counselor about taking a career
or personality assessment.
A counselor can make a
recommendation about an appropriate assessment.
Take a variety of courses in different
If you are working towards a
degree, you are required to take general education and elective
units. Use these courses as an opportunity to explore new areas.
Spend time in the Career Development
Center utilizing their career resources.
The Career Development Center
has excellent hard-copy, software and multimedia resources that you
can use to do research on majors.
Talk to people you know who are happy
in their careers and ask them about their majors.
People who are satisfied in
their work must be doing something right!
Check out the Career and Education
websites by clicking “Career