When you’re choosing a degree, it can be a very difficult decision. There are so many degree programs to choose from which can make the choice feel somewhat overwhelming. The degree program you choose will determine the path you take career wise, and have ripple effects in other aspects of your life. You want to ensure that you choose a program that is right for you. While staying undecided is okay (and possibly even smart) for a little while during your college career, it can eventually lead to prolonged time in school and extra tuition costs. There are 5 steps you can use to make choosing the right degree program easier for you.
1. Ask questions - One of the most important steps towards choosing a degree is asking yourself questions. You know yourself best, and by answering these questions honestly you will be able to get a better idea of what degree programs may be right for you. The questions you want to ask yourself include; Which subjects did I enjoy in high school? What type of subjects would I like to learn more about? You also want to think about other factors such as hobbies you may enjoy that you could possibly make a career out of and other skills that you already possess and would like to refine.
2. take a career assessment test - These tests are sometimes given during high school, but can also be found on the Internet for free. A career assessment test is a series of questions that take academic interests, personality attributes, and hobbies as well as other factors and then uses them to determine the type of career that would best suite you personally. Taking this test can help you narrow down your options which can also help the process feel less overwhelming.
3. Research - When you have narrowed down your career choices a bit by answering questions and taking an assessment test, you should research the degrees you are considering. The degree you choose will determine the type of jobs you qualify for upon graduation. USA Tools is a great source when trying to determine your major because it tells you about all the types of jobs that are available for students with different degrees. Also, you may want to find out important factors such as: what type of working environment you’ll be in on a day to day basis, the amount of job openings that are expected for the positions, salary rates and other factors that you consider to be important.
4. Visualize - Once you have learned more about your different career options, you should visualize yourself working in the different positions. Visualize one at a time and notice how you feel during this process. Imagining yourself working in each of the different job positions that are available for each degree. By taking the time to picture yourself working in different fields you can actually help to eliminate a majority of your choices.
5. Remain calm - Even if you are still having trouble deciding on the right degree choice or you have narrowed your choices down to what you feel is the right choice for you, the decision is not set in stone. You may want to consider taking your generals and only 1-2 degree courses. By taking this approach you can avoid taking too many unneeded classes, get an idea of the type of material you’ll be studying for your degree and have time to change your mind if another program strikes your interest.