One day at class, our school's headteacher said, "you need to pick the subjects you will take next year, which will be picked according to the major you've chosen," and just like that, you could see the horror of uncertainty and indecisiveness on everyone's faces, including my own.
At one point or another, many of you will face this, so I hope these tips may prevent the whole situation from being overwhelming, and possibly help you decide on your future.
Picking a Major
Where do you want to be?
I know thinking about the future and having to make such an important decision at such an age can be difficult or confusing, but believe me, you can do it.
To make it easier, you can ask yourself these questions and turn your answers into possible career choices:
- What are your hobbies?
- What are the things you’re interested in, or just enjoy doing?
- Who do you aspire to be?
- How do you see your life in 10 or 15 years?
Picking a University
Research, research, and more research. Look for a suitable location; you don't want to be way too far as commuting will become exhausting. Check out the subjects needed and the minimum grades required for the major of your choice; so, if your grades aren't that high, a college with a requirement of, for example, 96% average is probably not the most suitable.
Think of the things you do in your daily life and look for the university that best provides it. I try to include sports or any sort of activity in my day, so when searching, I look for schools that have sports clubs or a gym nearby. A well-equipped and friendly library is also necessary to look for.
Weigh out the positives and the negatives and see whether or not a challenge is worth giving up the school. If it isn’t a major challenge, figure out a way around it. So, if one of your problems is the school being way too far, you can use the bus rides to finish your work or catch up on your hobbies.
See what other people have in mind, you may realize your potential in a specific field or discover a new aspect to it. Who knows, you may even stumble upon a whole new major you didn't know or forgot existed. You can also ask people how they made their decision or what led them to where they are now. Try asking people of different majors about the different aspects of a certain field, such as the skills required, the capacity of courses, or the employability in the field.
Give it Time
If you aren't yet faced with the decision, start thinking of it in order not to get overwhelmed when the time to pick your subjects comes. If you already need to pick what you'll be studying, try to think of how your opinion may differ in the future considering the disadvantages you may find. You don't want to make rash decisions; those are always regretted.
Days go by, and one minute we're interested in something and the next we can't even stand it. So, try to put those one-minute-interests in the background for a while, and focus on what you may be actually into in the future.
Also, don't be ashamed to change your mind, if you have the option to switch subjects and feel like something may be more suitable for you further on, do it; it doesn't make you any less serious or concerned about your future.
Try Career Assessments
If you’re not familiar with them, career assessments are simple tests that help you learn more about your personality and what you may enjoy doing, and accordingly, give you a list of possible jobs you may find interesting. Luckily, you can find career tests everywhere on the internet, and they usually take just a couple of minutes. If you don’t like the options provided, at least you know the careers you don’t want to get into, and you can cross those out.
Use the Elimination Process
Try not to choose a field that may have obstacles that’ll come in the way of your happiness or comfort; for example, if you like going out a lot, being an always-on-call-doctor may not be your best choice, or if random conversations with strangers aren't your cup of tea, a marketing job may be difficult.
I hope this helped! Just make sure to follow your passion and do what you love. Don't forget to check a school's recommendations and accreditation.
What are your thoughts?
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