Top 7 tips for choosing your college degree (college major tips)

Everybody knows that going to Top 7 tips for choosing your college degree can be a very stressful experience and we’ve all seen the headlines if you consult the oracle and ask how many times the average student switches their college major it’s going to say at least three.

That’s one of the reasons that less than half the students who get a four-year bachelor’s degree actually graduate in four years and on top of that about two-thirds of students regret their college education decisions.

Sample A Bunch Of Different Subjects

First tip for you starting at the very beginning when you’re just starting to think about what college major is going to be the best for you and which one you want to pick is to sample a bunch of different subjects right so the reason for this is obviously you want to find out what you’re passionate about what you’re good at etc.

But how can you do that when you haven’t actually tried them out so of course you can look back throughout your life at different classes you’ve taken and think about what you’ve excelled at and that does help but really you want to go out and actually try different things out and luckily for you there are so many different resources that are completely free online right now.

You’re watching one of them which is youtube and there are so many other resources out there that are either completely free or very cheap on top of that lots of the top universities in the world actually offer their courses online completely free.

They’ll tell you what book they’re using sometimes they’ll even give you sample problems and the tests for you to take on your own and these are some of the smartest people in the world world-renowned professors that will record their lectures for you and basically give you everything that you would get if you went to the school except for the credit for taking the course.

So some of the best courses you can take just to sample the subjects are going to be those entry-level courses so something like math 101 usually these intro level courses are kind of designed to just be like a sample platter where they just go over the surface level stuff,

But you get to sample a bunch of different things that have to do with that degree path so it’s really worth it especially at these beginning stages to take your time to figure out what you’re actually good at and,

What you enjoy doing and it’s really hard to do that when you’re someone who’s probably 17 18 years old and you don’t really know what you enjoy doing and they’re asking you to make a huge decision where you’re gonna go you know forty thousand dollars in debt most likely in order to choose a college major right off the bat and that brings up the.

Get to Know Yourself

Next point which is you want to get to know yourself right this is like one of the oldest questions known to man philosophers have been asking this question for thousands of years who am i okay I’m being a little bit overly dramatic there,

But I think you get my point you really want to take the time to figure out what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about and sampling stuff online is great but i think you should go one step further and what you want to do is actually send text messages and,

Emails to people that know you in real life and you basically just want to ask them what they think you’re really good at and what they think you’re really bad at you can tell them it’s for a leadership class for instance if you think it’s weird that’s totally fine,

But just try to get some feedback from people on top of that I know this is a little controversial but I think it’s very useful to take the MBTI test it’s kind of a personality test 16 different personalities that you can be now some people say this personality test isn’t very accurate,

But i have actually found it to be extremely accurate not only with myself but with different people that I’ve interacted with whether I’ve worked with them etc and at the very least it’ll start you off thinking about what type of personality you have even if it’s not completely accurate it’ll at least get the ball rolling and,

There’s a really good website called 16personalities.com where you can just take the test for free it probably takes 15 minutes and I think you will learn a lot about yourself so the first letter is going to be e or i that’s extroverted or introverted,

And i think that’s pretty self-explanatory you know extroverts like to be around other people they feel energized being around other people whereas introverts like their alone time and they actually gain energy by being alone the second two letters are either s or n and s is basically,

Like a very realistic type person so somebody who you know if something happened in a crisis for instance they would be able to know exactly what to do they’re very by the book as well whereas n is more of a big picture type person and they tend to be more creative.

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The next is either t or f and that’s basically a t is somebody who’s very logical and they also tend to think about things more objectively pragmatically whereas people who are s are more emotional like they’re feeling but they tend to think about things more subjectively,

So what’s the best for the whole and then the last one is either a j or a p j’s tend to be more organized and prepared these are people who would be considered to be like ocd you know they want things very organized and in in order all the time whereas peas are much more spontaneous and flexible and they actually enjoy going into kind of chaotic situations.

So for instance if you’re someone who is going on a trip you know if you were a j for instance you would probably plan every single hour out whereas if you were p you kind of just want to go on the trip and enjoy it as you go now there are some other things,

But these are just a few things you can do to kind of just get to know yourself and figure out what your strengths and your weaknesses are and in my opinion it’s very important that what you choose to do as a career is something that you are good at.

Right so it’s one of your strengths you don’t want to make a fish try to climb a tree fish are very good at swimming but they’re not very good at climbing so you definitely want to double triple quadruple down on your strengths and then just try to minimize your weaknesses.

Choosing a Major Based Off Of Your Career

the next one on the list is going to be choosing a major based off of your career so this is basically beginning with the end in mind a lot of people just choose their major purely,

because oh i think you know psychology is super interesting but they don’t actually think about what career they’re going to go into with their psychology degree i’m using psychology as an example because it’s so popular but you can see this with all different types of degrees,

so unless you’re either like a rich kid a trust fund baby who is never going to have to get a job because you know you’re going to get money from your parents or if you’re someone who truly does not care about making money you’re like a minimalist and,

you can live off of you know 20,000 a year like a king then you want to make sure that you are getting into a career that’s going to pay for your lifestyle and so many people get degrees thinking for instance they can just get a bachelor’s degree,

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and go into a certain career when in reality they have to get maybe sometimes minim a master’s or even a doctorate just to be able to get an entry-level job other people get degrees trying to get into a career when they actually don’t need to get that degree in order to get into their career and.

so they basically wasted their time another common mistake you’ll see is people will get a degree that doesn’t really have all that many career prospects unless you’re doing something very specific and all of this can be avoided if you simply begin with the end in mind figure out what career,

you want to do and then work your way backwards reverse engineer it and figure out what steps you need to take in order to get to that career a lot of the time you’ll be extremely surprised to find that maybe you don’t even need to get that major maybe there’s a fast track process forinstance for you to get to that career and,

it also has so many other bonuses i mean i could make an entire post just off of this one concept alone for instance there’s a lot of careers where you don’t really need to get amazing grades in order to get into them that’s amazing and,

so you know if you find that out you know that it doesn’t really matter the grades you get a lot of the time what it matters is your work experience but there are some careers where you do have to get good grades because you have to go to graduate school or,

something along those lines and you’re not really going to know until you do the research and you figure this out and then you reverse engineer what you need to do in order to get there and this brings me to my

Have a Plan Even If It’s a Bad Plan

next point which is you need to have a plan even if it’s a bad plan, if you don’t have a plan you’re basically just going to be like a leaf that’s just floating in the wind just whatever way the wind blows you you’re going to blow that way or if the wind blows this way you’re going to blow that way you’re not going to have any control over your life if you don’t have a plan and.

so if you have a bad plan what you can do is you can look back on your plan and figure out what made it bad maybe it was that you are not passionate enough about this field you’re going into or maybe it is that you know it doesn’t make as much money as you want it to make or maybe the job,

prospects are really bad and when you actually talk to people in that field they’re not very happy with it or maybe the field just isn’t anything like what you imagined it to be the whole point here is that you made a plan and you figured out what didn’t work with that plan,

and that allows you to make a better plan in the future whereas if you didn’t have a plan at all you wouldn’t be able to go back and figure out what made it bad so that you can improve it so it’s very important to have a plan even if it’s a bad one and you end up changing it and,

the next part i’m going to talk about is after you’ve kind of gotten an idea of what general careers and degrees you’re interested in maybe you’ve whittled down the list to about 10 or so by doing research on the internet,

Contacting People in These Professions

and figuring out what you’re good at what you’re passionate about etc then what you want to do once you’ve gotten the list down a little bit is start contacting people in these professions now this is something that does take some time to do and that’s why you kind of want to make sure that you don’t have like a list of hundreds of different careers at this point,

because they just take too long so start contacting people who are in these careers you can do this by reaching out to them on linkedin you can do this by reaching out through your network facebook groups are great sometimes you’ll find different groups of professions in subreddits,

but the big thing here is you want to talk to people who are actually doing the career not writers online or anything like that that are writing about you know oh what careers are hot or anything like that talk to the people who are in the trenches and actually doing the career right now,

or if you can’t get a hold of them then talk to the people who might be hiring them like hiring managers or recruiters or business owners and then ask them what they think of the career what are the job prospects like what is the job satisfaction,

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and you can also ask them questions like hey do i need to get really good grades in school do i need to join a bunch of clubs and organizations or you know does work experience matter is that the only thing that matters do i need to focus on skills,

and how to demonstrate those skills what is some good advice that you can give me as someone who just you know graduated from college and you want to make sure that you get several different opinions because you might run into someone who’s very positive or you might run into somebody who’s very negative.

so you want to make sure to get a balanced opinion on this you’ll be surprised most people are more than happy to answer questions like this because they wish that they had somebody to ask those questions to when they were younger and then the,

Don’t Go All in on The Money

next thing is just a general piece of advice but i’d say this is extremely important and that is don’t go all in on the money you know i get this question all the time you know people watch my posts they find a few careers that are really good like they make really good money and then they ask me oh which one should i choose,

and i just the only question i ask them is which one are you more interested in which one are you more passionate about and you always want to go with that one because after a certain point the money does not matter and i’ve gone over this in other posts but,

you know studies have shown that you are not going to be any happier after about 75 000 a year now some of the different studies are going to be different if you’re living in san francisco or somewhere else but it’s around 75-80,000 a year you’re not going to be any happier,

so you do want to make sure that you can go into a career that’s going to get you to that 75 000 a year level but after that you just want to make sure that it makes you happy something that you are passionate about because you’re going to be doing this for a long time and that brings me to my.

Don’t Go All-in on Passion

next point which is just as important which is don’t go all in on passion either you know i’m passionate about playing post games that doesn’t mean that i would go to college and get a video¬†game degree that’s absolutely ridiculous because there’s almost no jobs out there for people who play video games unless you’re like a world class you know fortnight player,

and for me if i tried to become a world-class fortnite player or call of duty player it would probably ruin the game to me i play video games for fun it is a leisure activity it’s a hobby to me and sometimes if you try to make a hobby into something that is your career,

it’s almost like waking up to your favorite song if you set your favorite song as your alarm clock every single morning to wake up to it would probably ruin the song for you right so if something is a passion of yours if it’s a hobby of yours,

but you know that you can’t make money from it then don’t go 40,000 in debt in order to get a degree go for something that you’re passionate about but you can also make money from it and then keep all of your other passions as a hobby.

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