When Your Major Doesn't Fit You
By The College Advisor
Timing is a key element if you are concerned that the major you chose does not fit you.
If you are a freshman, you probably need to take various courses to see which ones
you like the best. Be sure to try out various possibilities. Also check the career
center for testing which can look at likes, dislikes, and important values.
If you are a sophomore, evaluate which classes you liked and which you didn't.
See a college advisor to discuss your options. They may have some very good suggestions.
Remember, they have dealt with many students and can help you evaluate your options.
If you are a junior, you may now run into some very challenging classes. For every
student there are some classes which are required, but are not fun to take. If you are
finding too many classes are like this, visit both the career center and advising center.
Don't just sit and suffer. Also, see if you can change your curriculum by adding a minor
so your class distribution is different.
If you are a senior, you are probably best off to finish the degree you started.
Many companies hire people for positions that do not exactly fit the major of the applicant.
Also see your advisor to see if you could declare a minor. Some people even add a summer
session and/or an additional fall session to complete requirements so that their degree
better fits what they want.
If you have graduated, but don't like the careers open to you, be sure to come back to
visit the career center. Some people add a second bachelor's degree or go on to graduate
school in a different field. Also look around for other job opportunities that could be
Guardians may try to stick out a major to please the family and can see changing as
disloyalty. It is worse to have an unsatisfying career which lasts many years. Phong,
a Protector, did not like his accounting major, but graduated and then hated his job.
He eventually went back to school for a teaching credential and teaches high school
Artisans may need to experiment to find a place that fits. Remember to choose a major
where you will find freedom and action. Annie, a Performer, had enrolled in Computer
Engineering, but enjoyed courses in Performance and Communication, so switched majors.
Idealists need to look at the money-earning potential of their career. Many will ignore
this aspect and be dissatisfied later. If you can live on less and be happy, then money
earned will be less of a concern. Derek, a Counselor, was attracted to Social Science,
but found he needed a master's degree to be earning more money so he returned to school.
Rationals usually have developed a strong interest during high school. However, many
do find that other areas can be even more fascinating when they are exposed to the college
atmosphere. Be flexible. Charlotte, a Fieldmarshal, became the main breadwinner when her
parents died and she was
left to raise three younger siblings. She worked as a bus driver until she could enter
college after her siblings finished. She had once thought of being an economist, but now
chose the field of geographer/map maker using GPS systems.