choosing a major

How to Maximize Your Higher Education With the Right Major

choosing a majorFinding the right higher education major is essential for your eventual entry into the workforce.

Not only can it define your career track, but it can help establish your sense of self.

You can’t afford the time or money you might be wasting by picking the wrong major: 56% of students take at least six years to get that four-year degree these days, and at an average of $28,000 a year for a public state college, that adds up.

There are some things you can do, however, to maximize your education by picking the right major.

Find a Balance

A good number of undergrads decide to just follow the money and go into the most lucrative field they can find. While future salary should be considered, you don’t want to trade happiness for a high salary in a field that you don’t have motivation in.

The trick is to find the perfect blend of passion, salary, and opportunity. Pick a major that’s going to have some practical application in the real world but also fulfill you as a person.

Bear in mind, too, that you’re not applying for your future job when selecting a major. Experts agree you should focus on your individual skill set and the market will find a way to make room for you.

Crunch the Numbers

Take an up-close look at all the fields you might be interested in and see what the market is like. If you’re interested in the biotech industry, follow biotech stocks to see who’s leading the way and what the health of the sector is like in general.

It’s also a good idea to consider what your lifestyle will be like. If you want to move back home and become a doctor, make sure the medical profession is not already overstaffed where you live.

Be Adaptable

Bear in mind that several different fields of study can overlap. If you want to be in the legal profession, you might be better off getting an undergraduate degree in history, English, government, or even philosophy. You actually have a better chance of getting accepted into law school with those majors rather than a criminal justice or even a pre-law degree.

You can also use your electives to explore other topics you’re interested in, and you can even pick a minor that can complement your major and allow you to specialize in your chosen field. Pair that economics degree up with a foreign language, or that English degree with a minor in women’s studies.

The combinations are what will define you.

Get Started Today!

Your college adviser is eager to help you get started in figuring all of this out, and so don’t be afraid to use them as often as you can.

Your final decision on your career doesn’t have to be made right now, but you should start trying to figure out the general look of your career path.

Then start sculpting it into something that’s uniquely you.