Deciding On a Major

When do you decide on a particular major or a career you want to pursue?

When do you decide on a particular major or a career you want to pursue? Ideally, while you are in Junior High school. On the other hand, there are some students who decide early enough to pursue courses that give them skills and knowledge to be successful in their chosen field.

For instance, if you choose a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum to major in college, you can take academic courses including AP courses in high school that can be credited as college credit courses. On a personal note, I was fortunate to know one such student who knew in 5th grade that he wanted to be a brain surgeon. He is maintaining a 4.0 GPA , and taking some AP courses in high school.

However, most students do not decide that early. That is okay. You can talk with us and we will help you decide on a major by assisting you with course selection to strengthen your background. In this context, I recall a female student who said, ” Dr. Johnson, I wish I could be an engineer, but I am too weak in math.”  This particular student was an older student who came back to college after rearing her children.”  I told her if she really wanted to be an Engineer, I could show her the way.  She is a successful electrical engineer now. In fact, now she even volunteers as a math tutor at a local college.

High school students often choose a major, without thinking about job prospects. As a result, there are many Liberal Arts graduates working as store clerks, or wait persons. I have come across many college graduates seeking admission in  engineering/technology programs, so they could find well paying jobs. Oftentimes, they have incurred huge debts while pursuing their education in private schools.

During my recruitment presentations, I provided information regarding various academic programs and also included information on job prospects in the field.  I ask prospective students, ” Do you need to work when you graduate or are you just pursuing courses as a hobby?”   Being a pragmatic person, I tell my students to major in fields where they can get well paying jobs to support their families. Students can always take courses or read in the areas of their interest.  Finally, Most of us need to work after we graduate. We can help you with your decision. We can help you realize your dream. Just give us a call or send an email.

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