Are you constantly changing your major?  Do you wonder what career is meant for you?  Lacking a clear vision can lead to  feelings of worry and uneasiness.  At times it seems as though the less you have figured out, the more people ask questions.  Suddenly, avoiding the decision all together can appear to be the answer.  With college student coaching, picking a major can be an exciting task filled with growth and discovery.  

College Student Coaching: College Survival Guide

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A major area of study is a collection of courses focused on a particular topic.  The idea is that learning a specific field presents you with career opportunities in that area.  What becomes very apparent is that in a university setting, there is so much to choose from!  This can be a gift and a curse.  On one hand there is a lot to explore, but you can easily get overwhelmed by the variety and amount of information.  College students can save years worth of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars with focus and planning for the future.  So, if you are ready to kick-start your success in life and your career, find out how to pick a major.

 

  • Discover what YOU are passionate about!  Without passion, you can get bored with your studies and work very easily.  It’s important to listen to YOUR SELF here.  Many students choose majors based on careers that others think is a good fit for them, not what they are interested in and enjoy.  Ask your self, ‘what is the driving force behind this focus?’  If it’s because someone else has told you this is what you should do, throw that thought out the window!  Getting into something for someone else, the money, or the status can be a recipe for unhappiness.  Start by making a list of your topics you are passionate about.

 

  • Consider your ideal time frame.  How long do you want to be in undergrad?  Graduate school?  Do you have to intern afterwards before you can start working?  Think about the long-term process here.  How soon do you want to be in your career?  Everyone’s timetable is different.  Go with your gut; if the thought of law school bores you to tears, let it go!  The purpose of a career is to help you support your best life, and nothing less.  Go back to your list of topics and put a range of time next to each topic.  I.e. Law, 7-10 years.

 

  • Choose the major that covers the most topics and works with your time frame.  Now its time to pull out your magnifying glass and start looking for patterns.  Are there any common themes between the topics?  Remember that one major can serve multiple career choices.  Group your topics by similarities of the field covered.  For each group, look at the range of time listed by the topics.  Are you comfortable with the average time frame for each group?  Your choice is the major that covers the most topics you are passionate about AND includes the time frame that is best for you!

 

College student coaching can provide the space for you to brainstorm, if you are struggling to pick a major, or wanting to get clear on your career outlook.  Considering your passions and time frames are perhaps the most important factors.  If you are interested in finding the major and career meant for you, contact us about our Conscious Career Exploration Program to save time and money! 

 

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Porschia Parker-Griffin

Porschia Parker-Griffin is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of Fly High Coaching. When she is not coaching, Porschia enjoys traveling, cooking, and working with animals.

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