Overview – Careers and College Majors
Many believe that it is too early for a middle school student to begin giving serious thought to a career or college major. However, developing a strong college-bound plan requires that you do so. This does not mean that you must decide on a career. In fact, not being able to decide on a career is in itself a decision. Similarly, not knowing what what course of study you would like to pursue in college is also a decision. For example, not knowing what you want to do in the future suggests that you should explore a broad range of subjects and activities to discover your passions. However, if you know that you are passionate about art, music, building robots, or even playing video games, you can begin exploring the types of college majors and careers associated with these areas of interest.
You can begin giving yourself a huge competitive advantage as a future college or scholarship applicant by developing a history of involvement in activities, classes, and summer programs related to your passionate areas of interest. For example, one of our most academically accomplished students was amazed to discover that during the selection process for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County create to provide support students interested in pursuing MDs (medical degrees) and PhDs (doctoral degrees), many of the other high school students had been conducting medical research and had internships during each summer of high school. Another student who was interviewing for the Posse Foundation Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship at some of the country's top colleges, discovered that many of the students had created their own nonprofits and created their own organizations to engage in community service and demonstrate leadership.
- Identify the types of college majors and careers aligned with your current gifts, talents, or passions; or your educational or career interest.
- 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: 1 hour.
- 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?