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What to Consider When You’re Choosing a Minor

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collegeminorChances are, you’ve thought about your college major. But what about your minor?

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?

What’s Interesting?
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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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Start Thinking About Your Major

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When you’re a freshman or sophomore in high school, it feels like you have forever until you need to start thinking about college. It’s even easy to delay thinking about your future for much of your junior year.

But what good will this do you?

The earlier you start thinking about college and a potential major, the more headaches you’ll save yourself in the long run. That’s why it’s never too early to take our Careers and Majors quiz to get a sense of the majors that will suit you, which schools offer them, and what potential career paths you can take. You don’t have to wait until college to use this information, though – you can use it throughout the rest of your high school years. Here are a few common questions the quiz can help you answer:graphic-CAMAnnouncement_500_20150413_01

What Electives Should I Take?
Figuring out which high school electives suit your interests, skills, and class schedule can be tough. By taking the Careers and Majors quiz now, you’ll have a sense of which areas you do well in and what you may want to major in when you do head off to college. Use these results as a sort of guide when you’re choosing classes for next year, and then you may have a better idea of where your interests are and how you’d feel learning more about or working in a certain field.

Which Extracurriculars Do I Choose?
Being actively involved in high school can have an impact on whether or not you get into your first-choice college. But giving your attention to an extracurricular you’re not interested in and won’t commit to is a waste of both your time and the organization’s.

Use the results in the Personality Breakdown and Major Matches section of the quiz to determine what you may be passionate about or good at. This gives a sense of meaning to the activities you’re participating in outside of the classroom, can help you network for the future, and get an idea of what it would be like to certain topic or work in an industry.

Are Volunteer or Internship Opportunities Right for Me?
Full-time work seems a long way off, but it sneaks up fast. You don’t want to be underprepared with no experience or connections. For young people, the process of lining up an internship or volunteer project is overwhelming, which is why they often put it off. Unfortunately, procrastinating isn’t doing you any favors.

Looking for opportunities based on the results you get right away can help you determine if a certain path of study really is for you. Taking up a volunteer tutoring post, for instance, can be a good indicator of whether or not you’d actually enjoy getting an education degree once you head to college. Most organizations are all too happy for people interested in their cause to give some of their time, so take advantage and start testing out majors and careers before you set foot on campus.

Which Colleges Are the Best Fit?
Choosing a school that meets your academic, social, and budget requirements can be a challenge. Once you’ve taken the Careers and Majors quiz, you can explore schools with majors that fit your personality and interests. Add them to your list to get all the information you need and see if you have a good chance of being admitted. You may even discover some schools you’ve never heard of before! The more colleges you connect with, the better your chances of ending up at a school that really is the best match for you.

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Tips for Reviewing Your Careers and Majors Quiz Results

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graphic-CAMAnnouncement_500_20150413_01If you’ve taken our Careers and Majors quiz, you already know it provides you with a whole lot of information. If you haven’t, it’s time to get started. You’ll get all sorts of useful information: Personality breakdowns, ideal majors, potential career paths – how do you sort through that data to make sense of it all?

The Personality Assessment
Let’s start at the top. The personality breakdown gathers all your answers and determines your main personality characteristics. You can see how well you fit into certain boxes – perhaps you’re mainly a Planner and Analyzer, or maybe you’re more of an Inventor or Naturalist.

You can read a bit more about these personality types to see how you work best or in what settings you tend to thrive. Some of this information you may already know, but you may have never thought about some of it too deeply before. Let’s say you know you enjoy group work in school – maybe that’s because you’re a Mentor, or someone who works well with others, especially when helping them improve or grow.

Remember, there are no “bad” results. If your goal is to be a counselor but you’re more of a Planner than a Mentor, that doesn’t mean you can’t still reach for your dream career.

Your Major Matches
Based on your personality breakdown, you’ll find a customized list of majors that fit your preferences and way of working. Some of these may be exactly what you want to do, and that’s great. Some may be majors you’d never considered before, and that’s fine too. There’s no harm in keeping your options open and exploring different avenues.

You can add the majors that interest you to your profile or click on them to see which colleges and universities offer those degrees. Add those schools to your list to get additional information, see your chances of getting in and learn more about campus life there.

Your Career Matches
It’s great to get a degree, but using it presents a whole separate set of challenges. We use your answers to create a list of careers that are compatible with both your personality assessment and your list of potential majors. This way, you always have a clear path outlined for you – you don’t have to wonder how you’ll use your degree in the working world.

Again, these career matches may not line up exactly with what you’d imagined yourself doing – and that’s just fine. Our suggestions are just that – suggestions. They’re there for you to consider options that suit you and explore new opportunities, not to push you into a career or major you aren’t interested in.

Choosing a major – not to mention a career – can be a confusing process. But you don’t have to go into it blindly. If you haven’t already taken the Careers and Majors quiz, click here to start.

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