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So you’ve taken our Careers and Major quiz. Now what?
It’s time to start exploring your options and making your results work for you.
We’ve reviewed how to go over your results and how the quiz can help you if you’re still a high school underclassman. But what if you’re a junior or senior who’s starting to think more seriously about the college application process? How can you make the most of your results?
Think About Which Majors You’ll Succeed In
Your parents may suggest you take up pre-med or pre-law, but these career paths aren’t for everyone. After you’ve taken the Careers and Majors quiz, see what majors interest you and what jobs they could lead to. Have you ever thought about majoring in fire science? What about homeland security? Cartography?
There are dozens of majors you may have never heard of, let alone considered. Keep an open mind and see what’s out there.
Don’t set aside your own ambitions, though. Our results may not say you were born to be a veterinarian, but if there’s no doubt in your mind that’s something you want to pursue, go for it. The quiz can still help you see what areas you’ll thrive in, and could help you choose a minor.
Keep an Eye on Other Schools
You may already have a list of prospective colleges going – that’s great. Don’t discount other schools yet, though.
Expand your school search based on your Careers and Majors quiz results. You may find that a university you’ve never heard of before is the ideal fit. Keep adding colleges to your list. You never know if you’ll want to submit another application at the last minute.
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College is exciting for a lot of reasons. You’re on your own for the first time. You feel like a grown up. You’re meeting new people and learning new things all the time. Best of all, you get to choose what you want to study, rather than abiding by a strict curriculum.
But that freedom to decide on your own classes can be overwhelming. How do you know what to pick, anyway?
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re flipping through your course catalog:
There bound to be a few courses that interest you. After all, you now have dozens – if not hundreds – of options to choose from. Sure, college requires hard work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun in the classroom while you’re at it. Relive your childhood dreams of digging up dinosaur fossils by taking an introductory archaeology or paleontology class. Get creative with a pottery wheel in a ceramics workshop. Test out your strength in a martial arts course. Let loose a little and sign up for a class that’s interesting to you.
Your Major … Or Lack of One
If you’ve already declared a major, meet with an adviser and start figuring out which introductory classes you can knock out of the way freshman year. Without taking these prerequisites, you won’t be able to take other required courses later on.
Both declared and undeclared majors should also get a jumpstart on any gen ed requirements. If your school requires two years of foreign language or a certain number of humanities, math, and science credits, make sure you include a few on your first semester class schedule. Putting them off won’t do you any favors later on.
If you haven’t decided on a major, general education requirements can give you a better idea of what interests you and what field you’d enjoy working in. Don’t forget to take our Careers and Majors quiz, too.
You Career Aspirations
Consider which classes might be useful if you’re determined to pursue a certain career path. Journalism majors, for instance, may not be required to take U.S. government or statistics classes, but might find the knowledge they gain useful once they’re in the industry. Those who want to work in business might find classes on communication theory and persuasion beneficial.
When You Want to Graduate
Most people head off to college assuming they’ll graduate in four years. But all too frequently, people spend an extra semester or two on campus, spending more money on classes they could have taken years earlier and missing out on real-world work experience. If you’re determined to finish in four years, keep careful track of what credits you have, what you need, and which requirements you can finish off immediately. Remember that on some campuses certain mandatory classes are only offered once a year, so if you see a spot open, sign up.
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While it’s not typically required to graduate, getting a minor in college isn’t a bad idea. Chances are, it’ll fit into your regular class load without too much extra work and it could give you some valuable skills once you’re ready to head out into the workforce.
So what factors should you think about before you declare a minor?
What Complements Your Major?
Some people find it easy to choose a minor by figuring out what programs go hand in hand with their major. Marketing majors might find a sales or communication minor rounds out their skillset and helps them better understand their main course of study. Politics majors could find a minor in a foreign language serves them well. Business majors who aspire to run global organizations might want to minor in international relations, just to get a sense of what working with foreign governments or companies is really like.
What Makes You More Marketable?
What’s your dream job? Even if your major will help you get your foot in the door, think about what other talents employers in your field will want to see. Diversifying your skillset will give you a big advantage over other applicants once you graduate. Want to work for a biotech startup? Consider adding a business minor to your biology major. Hope to work at an online marketing company? Your digital marketing degree could benefit from an English minor. Think about it this way: If you were doing the hiring for your dream job, what would you look for?
A major doesn’t have to revolve around your future career if you don’t want it to – or if you aren’t quite sure what you want to do yet. There’s nothing wrong with getting a minor just because the subject is interesting to you. If you love creative writing, poetry, or music, getting a minor in one of these areas will let you pursue your interest and hone your skills. Maybe after taking a gen ed requirement you discover you’re crazy about film, art, or history. Choosing a major based on interest gives you a break from some of the tougher or harder classes you’re in – and that reprieve can be critical when you’re trying to keep your grades up. Check out our quiz to see what majors or minors may be interesting to you.
Is choosing a minor a requirement? Typically not – many colleges will let you skip it if you want to. But it’s worth considering, even if you’re just in the classes for fun.
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