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How to find the right major for you

Updated: Jun 30

Choosing a major in university is a significant decision, one that can shape your academic journey and career path. With so many options available, it can feel overwhelming to decide which field of study aligns best with your passions, strengths, values, and future aspirations. However, with careful consideration, exploration, and some expert tips, you can find the perfect fit for you.

Start by reflecting on what truly excites you. You may start by thinking about, what subjects do you find yourself drawn to? Don't just think about high school, either. One advisor asked us to think about the games we played as children – he connected them to the types of creativity and critical thinking strategies we used in our academics!

Consider your strengths and skills. Are you more analytical or creative? Do you excel in problem-solving on paper or through communication? Do you dread a written exam or a public presentation? At the most advanced stage of exploration, even ask yourself, “what problem do I want to solve in the world, or, what question do I want to answer, and how can I use my strengths to do so?”

By understanding your passions and strengths, you can narrow down your options and focus on majors that align with your temperament and values.

It may also be wise to inform yourself about which career prospects are associated with your chosen major, both in the long and short terms. Take a look at job market trends and industry demand to ensure there are ample opportunities available upon graduation, especially if landing that first job is your top priority. If you know you intend to pursue graduate studies, think about how you can combine your passions and goals in a more long-term plan. Look for fields that are projected to grow and evolve in the coming years, offering stability and advancement potential. Right now, we are on the wave of AI, biotech, geopolitics, global warming... In today's rapidly changing world, flexibility is key. Consider majors that offer versatility and adaptability, giving you the critical thinking and creative skills to pivot and pursue various career paths. Today, you can see Music majors working in NYC’s leading financial firms!

How do you feel about traveling a lot for work? Certain regions may have higher demand for specific professions, so consider the geography when making your decision. 

Finally, if you are torn between two fields of study, be they similar or vastly different, remember that one of the wonderful things about U.S. education is that many universities offer the flexibility to pursue minors or double majors alongside your primary field of study. This can be an excellent way to complement your major with additional skills and knowledge or combine a pragmatic with a passionate choice. I have had friends who did Chemistry and Music, Government and Mathematics, Astronomy and Religion.

Explore minors that align with your interests and career goals: they will enhance your expertise and make you a more well-rounded and memorable candidate in the job market.

To sum it all up: choosing a major is a personal and strategic decision that requires careful consideration of your passions, strengths, values, career priorities, and long-term goals.

If you're still not sure, all of our consultants have "been there, done that" - why not book a meeting with one of them today?



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