Can anybody give me decent advice choosing a college major?
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July 19, 2019 / By Pam Question:
I'm currently a student at a community college and I've been there for a year and a half and I still have no clue what I want to major in. My parents say one thing like major in any of the medical fields which I have completely no interest in but I know there will always be jobs available in that area. My interests are like the same as one billion other people in this world like I love music, I've been playing the violin for eleven and a half years, I write my own stories, and I read. So I guess I'm considered a more of a creative person than logical. Whenever I take those college major quizzes or test things, I always get the result with something like music and writing. I just don't want to go to college and major in something where my chances of getting that job are slim.
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Marci | 5 days ago
You want to find a job that meets three criteria:
1) Something that will provide for your needs and the needs of any dependents
2) Something that you enjoy doing
3) Something that you feel you can make a meaningful or worthwhile contribution in
A few points of clarification. First, why I say something you enjoy doing, I don't mean that it is the greatest thing ever. You may not enjoy every aspect of it and some days may be more enjoyable than others, but it is GENERALLY something you enjoy.
Also, when I say a meaningful or worthwhile contribution, I don't mean you have to be the next da Vinci or Mozart or Euclid or Newton. I simply mean this: If you're going to be a secretary, do you think you'll be able to help things run efficiently and brighten peoples days? If you're going to be an engineer, do you think you'll be able to design and implement safe and useful devices to better peoples lives? It doesn't have to be something revolutionary, just good. Conversely, it would be unwise for me to try to be a professional football player when I can't throw the ball very well, haven't played a day in my life and am short and light. I wouldn't be able to contribute. We've all got different talents and that's ok.
As far as choosing the specific profession, I think the first thing is to realize that it's a privilege, not a chore. Think of how many people in history did not have the means or the freedom to choose what they wanted to do with their lives. You GET to choose a profession. There's another important aspect of this, besides thinking of how fortunate you are. You are the creator of your own destiny. No one's telling you what to do. Being able to choose for yourself is an amazing opportunity. Embrace it as a quest to create your future rather than another thing someone's telling you to do.
Now to the more practical. You know yourself better than anyone. You need to sit down and spend sometime with yourself. Ask yourself the big questions. Who are you and what do YOU want? [that was an "avatar: the last airbender" quote btw :) ] But seriously, those questions are important to consider. Ask yourself what your good at, what your not good at, what you enjoy and what you don't enjoy. In considering these questions, realize that you won't be able to answer ALL of the them COMPLETELY, RIGHT away. It'll take time. If you find that you don't know the answers, then it's time for some research. Read about different jobs, try different activities to learn more about yourself. Lots of people will let you job shadow if you explain your situation. That'll give you the opportunity to follow them around for several hours or even a whole day and let you see what the job is really like. Also, don't be afraid to take some exploratory classes on the college scene. It's easy to get carried away with this, but when done responsibly it can help.
Finally, realize that your not doomed if you don't get it just right. Most people change careers quite often after college and a great many don't even work in the field that they graduated in. Sure, some of that is due to job scarcity, but the majority of it is actually due to people realizing their interests lie elsewhere. Learning about ourselves is a process that takes a lifetime and it's important to find a balance between giving time to discover ourselves and moving forward and living life. If you work at it, things will work out.
Now go and build your future!
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I am doing all online classes at IVY TECH in indiana. As far as quality education i would probably say its not the greatest. But if you do your homework on time and really try, you should be able to pass the classes. Its a little harder not having the hands on attention like with campus classes but i LOVE the conveinence. I was able to work full time with overtime and do 4 classes online last semester. It was hard, but you could plan out your whole week and not have to worry about going to classes. You got your syllabus ahead of time so you knew what to expect as far as assignments. Some classes you could even get ahead in. So with all that i Highly recommend it!!! I have never had anything come back plagarized. And ivy tech is super cheap as far as colleges go. Its somewhere in the range of 300-400 a class now. Thats for 3 credit hours. Quality wise it may not be the best but i forget 70% after a couple years anyways so. But that may be something you may want to consider. The one thing i would suggest is looking for used books online. I thought Ivy Tech books were high and had a hard time getting the ISBN numbers from the school, so i would email the professor to get it to look somewhere else for it. It can save a lot of money. Good luck! Also, ivy tech is accredited but i know some of there classes won't transfer to some schools so you would want to look into that. Also sometimes the teacher requires you to take a proctored exam. Usually at the most twice a semester you would go to the school to take the test. I only had 1 of the 4 last semester require that.
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Don't go to school for something you aren't going to enjoy, otherwise you will just end up going back to school. If you like music and writing have you considered going to school to teach such subjects? Teachers don't make a great deal of money so if you have a passion in an area, a career in teaching might be good for you. You could do something for music or art therapy (although I'm not sure what the job outlook is like for that). Maybe if you like helping people- social work? What else are you interested in? Helping people? Working at a desk without people?
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It's a tough question, but in my opinion you gotta do something you love. Being someone who just finished a 4 year program in something I had absolutely no interest in, and STILL having trouble finding a job I suggest that you do something that you are interested in and makes you happy. I'm not suggesting to become a music major or anything but maybe something which combines your writing ability and your love for music. There's always a way to find a job contrary to popular belief, you just have to know where to look. Hope that helps, and if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me or to ask at my website www.yourcollegeeverything.com Good luck! Let me know how it goes.
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Originally Answered: Can you please please give me some advice. I really really need help. I don't know if I should major in this?
Don't worry too much about choosing a major based on your career plans. What you major in will cease to be relevant, when it comes to your career options, within a few years of when you enter the workforce. Instead, choose a major based on what interests you. Or, though people will tell you this is a mistake, choose one based on the professors at your school who interest you.
In terms of helping the poor and technology, those are not mutually exclusive -- not at all! Your timing is very good. There are a number of powerful initiatives going right now to get technology into the hands of the impoverished, to help them become tech savvy, employable, and able to advance.
Also, here is another example. As you may know, computers are a major waste management problem. It's terrible that gazillions of tons of computer parts go from "cutting edge" to "landfill" in less than 5 years. Especially since they contain many toxins. I recently heard about a local organization that doesn't "recycle" computers (break them down into parts for recycling) -- it rebuilds them and gives them to low income families. Imagine being one of the computer guys who helps do that. Or the business person who came up with the idea.