How to pick a major?
I'm in high school now but I want to start thinking about what I should major in. I'm not really good at any particular subject. I have good grades but I don't feel like I really understand the subjects. I remember things for tests then forget them later. I don't really know what I'd be good at. How am I supposed to pick a major if I have no idea what I can even do well?
- JulesLv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
I will list a few things that I did to help figure out what I wanted to major in
-Find out what majors will actually help you get a career. Majors like sociology, psychology, English will not train you for anything in particular. It is harder to get a job with degrees that do not train you to do anything.
-Talk to people about what they do. Talk to EVERYONE. I started out by talking to my relatives. Then I talked to my friends' parents and asked them about their careers and careers that their friends and family had. I got an internship at a campaign office (most campaign offices take high school interns btw) and met a lot of people that way. They gave me some really great advice. One of my Aunts knew how much I was struggling to decide on a major and graciously decided to help me out. She works for the City of L.A. and she emailed various people who all work in different departments and asked if they would sit down and talk to me about their majors, previous jobs, and their current jobs. Honestly, my Aunt was an angel for doing that. It was very insightful. I talked to a few people who work in finance, an engineer who goes to different construction sites and makes sure everyone is following proper procedure, a guy who worked on keeping the roads up to date, someone who worked on the city parks etc.
- I also started to read the news when I was in college. I learned about a vast array of careers that way. I got really into learning about environmental sciences, education, marketing, and computer science over the past few years. I also read the news to predict what jobs would be in demand in the future and got internships to prepare me for those jobs. I had 3 internships in college and got job offers from two of those internships.
- Research what careers will pay you the most, will be the least stressful, provide overall satisfaction, provide security.
- Many careers require you to get a master's degree. I did not know anything about master's degrees when I was in high school, but you should know what they are.
- Use the internet to your advantage. If you hear someone mention that they know someone who knows someone who is a financial adviser, then look it up and learn more about it. One of my marketing professors said he knew a guy who studies import and export regulations and advises companies on how they can be more efficient with their packing and shipping to save money. That guy makes a lot of money and has a very flexible schedule, that job also requires a high level of networking so he can obtain new clients. I guess you could say that guy was a supply chain management adviser.
-Use career lists like this one as a starting off point.
(this is particularly a fav of mine) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
-Job shadow some people to learn more about their jobs.
-Volunteer to gain real world experience. This will help you figure out what you like and don't like.
-Read, read, ask questions, find the answers, and read some more.
You should also ask your guidance counselor at your school for help too, it is part of their job to guide you and be your counselor when it comes to your future, college, scholarships, what classes you should take etc. It is ideal to decide what you want to do before you get into college, even though it is not necessary. With some degrees it is very helpful to know what you want to do when you are applying. Nursing, for example, is extremely difficult to get into if you do not put down that particular major when you are initially applying to the school.
Here are a few answers I gave about researching different careers, majors, what undergraduate GPA is required to get into grad school, internships, job shadowing etc.
- 7 years ago
It depends on where you are in high school. If you're at least a junior, you better start finding out your major. don't listen to some of those people who tell you its ok to be undecided in college. its not. Don't wait until you're in college to decide major because you're only going to waste precious time and money being undecided blindly wandering around from course to course. this is also why some college grads take 5-6 yrs to graduate. what subjects do you tend to enjoy more? which one do you tend to be more comfortable or better at? try going online and exploring all sorts of majors. and see which one you like. psychology tends to be most picked since it is interesting.
- GI JaneLv 57 years ago
Don't worry about a major just yet. Of course it's great to find your passions, but do not let not knowing them yet distract you. Most kids that start college do not know what they want to do, and most of those that do end up changing their minds (majors) later.. Most colleges offer gen-ed studies (general education), the most important part of your college career right now is that you get one.. Everything else will fall into place.. You will learn so much about yourself, your interests, your hobbies, your passions etc in time, don't force it.... Good luck!
- Anonymous7 years ago
Take classes here and there to explore your options first. After all, you have until the end of your sophomore year in college to choose your major.