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Choosing a Major
Not Sure About Your Major - You're Not Alone
Close to 70% of college students change their major at least once! And somewhere between 20-50% enter college truly undecided upon an academic major or their future career plans. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average person changes career fields two to three times in their lifetime, so if you're confused, you're not alone!
University College Advising advises students in nearly every major across campus, so this is the perfect advising home for students who are not quite sure which major they want to pursue. We can help students who are interested in programs across different colleges, such as a student who is not sure if business or nutrition is the best fit for them, as well as students who have no idea of what they want to major in.
First, choosing a major is not the same thing as choosing a career.
- A major is the area or discipline that you plan to study while you are in college, for example Finance, Secondary Education, or Biology.
- Many students plan to find a job that will utilize their major, such as becoming a financial analyst, a teacher or a doctor, but the major you choose neither predicts nor guarantees your future.
- Of course, there are many career options for each major offered at the university, but the first step is identifying what you enjoy; the more you like what you are studying the more successful you will be.
- Narrow down your options – Obtain a list of all majors offered, crossing out those of little interest and highlighting those that are appealing.
- Know yourself – Consider your strengths and weaknesses. Evaluate your values, interests, skills, personality, and desired lifestyle.
- Visit Career Services – Visit with a career expert for further information on majors, salaries, internships, etc.
- Consult available resources – Research assessments online for free career and future job projections. Here are
some sites to help you get started:
Kiersey • OSU Career Assessments • Career Projections • My Plan
- See an academic advisor – Your advisor will assist you in selecting classes to explore your options and interests.
Career Services has consultants to work with you to narrow down interests and help identify potential majors. If you know what academic college you are interested in, but have not narrowed down a specific major, contact the Career Services consultant assigned to that college, or you may speak with one of the consultants for students who are undecided or changing their major.