Also in Chapter 6, see specific and up-to-date facts about careers derived from the databases of the U. It tells you which careers are com- monly associated with the major and, in some cases, how graduates may go into careers in unexpected fields. Talk to people currently in the program and measure your past grades and test scores against their backgrounds. Without help, this uncertainty can cause students to panic, particularly when they are being pressured to define their college major. The time and expense of getting a college degree can also pay off later in ways that have nothing to do with your career. It walks you through a series of steps that lead to a thought- ful choice. Double Majors In some cases, it may be possible to pursue a double major—that is, to complete the requirements for two majors.
In that case, you may consider doing a minor in the second subject or a double major in the two subjects. If you are already enrolled in college, you may get some answers from the staff of the career development office or from experienced faculty in the major you are considering. Many colleges can put you in touch with graduates who are willing to tell you about their work. You need to focus on not just the career goal, but also the time and expense that the major will require to reach that goal. Time and Expense Required Some of the majors included in this book take longer than others to bear fruit as a career.
A minor is a set of course requirements that amount to less than a major but that still put you on record as having some depth of knowledge of that field. But keep in mind that these nuggets of information are national averages. You need to be confident that you will enjoy the major itself, not just the rewards at the end of the road, because it will be a long road, and college tuition keeps getting more and more expensive. . First, you'' learn about the key parts of a college major decision. Whatever your reason, you are facing a decision that every college student or college-bound student has to make sooner or later. Be honest about your commitment to the major.
And because you will be going about the process in a structured way, you will save pre- cious time that could have been wasted in pursuing unanswerable questions or agonizing over decisions. Other Titles: Choosing a college major Responsibility: Laurence Shatkin. And the reason this book is so spe- cial is that it lets you choose a four-year college major and a career simul- taneously, instead of considering just one or the other. You may notice some variation in the number of courses listed. The E-mail message field is required. Without help, this uncertainty can cause students to panic, particularly when they are being pressured to define their college major.
You may be able to find a way to carve out a niche within a major or career to suit your particular abilities and personality type. If you expect a small but significant possibility of failure, consider how well you accept risk and construct an alternative plan in case your original goal does not work out. You may need to state your intended major when you apply for admission to college. Instead of biting your fingernails, you will be coolly considering your preferences and needs while calmly surveying the options available to you. Tables and worksheets that accompany the exercises will help you assemble a Hot List in Chapter 5, highlighting the majors and careers that may offer what you want. I used this weighting, rather than the raw workforce size, in computing the average.
The occupational information is based on data obtained from the U. Please consider this in making any career plans or other important decisions. They tell you success stories about students who graduated with degrees in account- ing, computer science, or some other career-oriented major and got high- paying, fast-track career offers from businesses. Everyone needs a dream, but also a realistic plan for reaching it. The competi- tion can begin in college or, for some careers, even earlier.
This book can serve as a jumping-off point for consulting other reference works. For permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at www. Turn to Chapter 1 and get some background on the parts of the decision. Changing Majors For one reason or another, you may decide later that you need to change your major. The validity and integrity of the information reported is of particular interest to those who work in the area of institutional research. People seeking careers in medicine, law, optometry, phar- macy, veterinary medicine, and often clergy must complete years of post- graduate study and on-the-job training to earn professional status. Often a concentration will lead you to take appropriate supporting courses in other departments.
They tell you horror stories about stu- dents who declared a major in a career-oriented field such as engineering or business, only to discover that the coursework was so boring that they dropped out of college or changed majors and delayed graduation by one or more years. Packed with information, this book covers 120 majors that link to 250 careers. Then, starting with Chapter 2, do some quick exercises to clarify your priorities. Typically the subject that is the focus of the major is the same as the department offering the major e. Educate yourself about the careers that the major might lead to.