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Four Tips to Consider When Choosing a Major

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We know that choosing a college major seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The major you choose doesn’t necessarily determine your future or career.  Yes, choosing a major is an important decision, but we are here to help walk you through the process. Just remember that your interests and passions may change over time. At Dallas Community Colleges you have time to research and discover your interests before transferring to a university.

Here are four tips we think you should consider when selecting a major.

What Is a College Major and Why Should I Select One?

A college major is a group of courses required by a college to receive a degree. If you don’t know what you want to major in, start thinking about what your abilities, passions and interests are. Understanding what areas you have skills in, what you enjoy doing and have strong passions for will help determine which major is right for you. For example, do you like working with children? If so, you may want to look into a degree in education. Once you have a general idea of what your interest and passions are, head over to check out Guided Pathways. Guided Pathways are great resources to help you select a career path. Guided Pathways clearly outline specific requirements that tell you which courses to enroll in and identify learning outcomes of each program.

Is My Major Employable?

Many students find this to be a very important question to address. Do your homework and take some time to research your career interests before locking down a major. Need help researching your career interests? No worries — swing by one of the career services offices located on each campus.

How Do I Know If I will Enjoy My Major in the Future?

Short answer — there are no guarantees that you will enjoy your major and career after graduation.  You have interests and passions now that may change later in life. But who says you can’t change your mind and change careers? If you’re unsure or have a feeling that your major isn’t what you want to do 40 years from now, you aren’t alone. But you may want to consider selecting a more general or broad degree like general studies, English or business. The skills you learn in college such as effective communication and problem solving are needed in most jobs. If you need help or need someone to talk to, don’t forget to meet with an advisor.

What About Career Outlook and Salary Potential?

We know that salary potential is an important factor in selecting a major, but it shouldn’t be the only factor. It’s important to consider the lifestyle you may want to have in the future and the income you will need to make it possible. You can learn more about what it will cost to meet your needs by checking out the living wage calculator.

Lastly, remember that choosing a major is an important decision, but it will not determine your entire future. No matter what major you choose now, you can return to school to learn a new skill or earn a graduate degree.

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