Overview

A college major is a field of study you choose to learn more about in college. For many students, what they study in college is directly related to the career they wish to pursue after college. However, for other students what they study in college is related to their gifts, talents, or interests. However, the type of career and college major you choose to pursue, AFTER high school, should influence the classes you take, grades you earn, activities in which you become involved, leadership roles that you assume, and community service in which you engage. In essence, the path you are interested in pursuing, AFTER high school should influence the path that you take throughout middle school and high school. You may choose to pursue a college major to further explore a gift, talent, or area of interest (art, music, dance, or philosophy); you may choose to pursue a college major that will immediately prepare you to enter directly into a career after receiving your undergraduate degree (e.g., actuarial science, accounting, or finance); or you may may enter college as an ‘undeclared’ major so that you can explore different classes and fields of study prior to choosing a career pathway. However, many college and scholarship applications will ask you to describe your future college or career aspirations. Consequently, what you learn through this activity will not only prepare you to answer such questions, but assist in guiding your pathway throughout middle and high school.

Objectives

  • Identify the types of college majors and careers aligned with your educational or career interests.
  • Identify the best colleges for pursuing your college major.
  • Identify the long-term earnings potential of college majors and future job prospects for associated careers.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours. 

Guiding Questions

  • What careers or college majors are associated with my gifts, talents, or aspirations?
  • How do I identify the best colleges for my college major?
  • What are the future job prospects associated with my career choice and what is the long-term earnings potential?

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