Despite how frustrating, challenging, and stressful the process of choosing a college major can be, it’s no secret that your decision can ultimately end up molding the rest of your life.
Of course, I’m not preaching that your major is the key to a satisfying life (because it most definitely is not), but it can still carry a hefty impact.
But chances are you already know that since you’re here and everything. What you want to know is how you can make the best decision possible before its too late to turn back.
If you’re a victim–ahem– I mean student in a U.S. public school system then no doubt you were directed to any and every college resource that even had a slight chance of matching your skills, interests, lifestyle needs, or values to a prospective major, and ultimately career.
They’re basically all guidance counselors are taught to talk to you about. (Cause who needs human guidance when the internet can do that for you, right?)
Well, no matter how useful skills and/or aptitude tests can be, nothing quite prepares you for the realities of a career like real human insight.
All we’re given as students are general overviews, projected outlooks, and working conditions that accompany a career. Or perhaps you’re given a list of majors with descriptions underneath.
Either way, those little tidbits in themselves are not enough for you to actually craft up some legitimate picture of you working that job or studying that major.
It’s like looking through smudged glasses and expecting to see a crystal-clear image. It’s just not going to happen.
So how can you visualize the full experience that accompanies the life that major will give you without live interviews from those who’ve already gone through it? Well, fortunately, it’s not hard as many may think.
Don’t click off just yet. I promise you I’m going somewhere with this.
Think about it; everyone and their mama, grandmama, and great-granddaddy are trying their hand at YouTube videos in 2020. I mean the platform is quite literally revolutionizing everything we’ve ever been taught about conventional work.
People are eager to make a quick buck and lifestyle videos, vlogs, and ‘day in the life’s offer the perfect opportunity.
Just type in the major/career you’re considering and I guarantee you you’ll find tons of videos offering different perspectives on the same line of work.
Vlogs and “day-in-the-life” videos are the best since they give you a live view into the field and offer a pretty accurate guide as to what you can expect. Experiencing it, even if it is just virtual, is so much more useful than reading about it.
Plus Q&A videos can also offer some pretty unique info that you hadn’t even really considered. In contrast with career or college fairs, the spokesperson has no incentive to lie to you as a listener.
Whether or not you choose to continue pursuing the major has no effect on them whatsoever, so you can be confident that (for the most part) they’re providing you with reliable, honest information.
Brutally honest raw content. Those 4 words sum up the entirety of Reddit.
Nobody sugarcoats anything on the platform. Since identities are totally anonymous, users have no fear in revealing what job they hate, why they hate it, who makes them hate it, and when they started hating it. (That goes for majors too)
They’ll address the hidden parts of careers that people don’t normally mention and they’ll even expose companies for who they really are.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, users will also tell you all the dirty little benefits that come with working in a certain career. Plus they’ll give you a better idea about expected pay and what you can expect in a typical day.
There are literally millions of threads on the platform, so you’re guaranteed to find something about the major/career you’re interested in.
Take for example this thread that started with the question “Economics majors, what job did you actually end up in?” Even I was shocked by the vast differences in answers.
Responses included Risk analyst, Economics professor at a Chinese University, Financial analyst, Product manager, Federal Government advisor, and more.
So while your major is important, it isn’t everything– meaning that simply deciding on what you’ll major in is only half the hassle in figuring out what your actual career will be.
And then there are the users who are undecided, much like you may be, and question the graduates of Reddit on which careers would suit them.
LIke another thread started with the question “Careers/majors for people with social anxiety?” And other users not only answered, but also provided explanations.
One commented, “I work as a med lab scientist in hematology. I spend most of my time staring into a microscope. You do have to interact with nurses over the phone, but it’s not so bad.”
And yet another said, ” I work in software development and in that field quietness is not a bad thing.”
Plus, as with any forum, you can post questions yourself, and just might find yourself with 10 or more responses.
Trust me when I say that people are much more honest when what they say can never be held against them.
Quora is literally marketed as ‘a place to gain and share knowledge.’ It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute “unique insights and quality answers.”
Apparently the founders’ mission is to “empower people to learn from each other and to better understand the world.”
All those sappy descriptions aside and I can personally vouch for some of the insanely interesting responses I’ve read on the platform.
And get this; there’s a whole section dedicated to High School Students. I mean, who cares if you’re not one anymore– you’re still guaranteed to find something on choosing majors.
Even more suitable though, they also have a whole topic devoted to College and University Majors. And that’s where you’ll find people asking the real questions.
One user asked “Is Psychology a useless major,” another asked “Is Philosophy a worthless major,” someone else, “What is the easiest college major that actually has worth?” and yet another, “What is the best engineering major for the future?”
All of these questions had around 50 responses too, so you could really get some serious insight into the “great world of majors.”
And keep in mind there’s a handy dandy search bar too so look and you will find, my friend.
Before you go
Anyways I hope I’ve eased a bit of the tension that comes with researching majors. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a long, boring process that’ll leave you more unsatisfied at the end than when you started.
And if you’re considering online schooling, then make sure you check out my post on 5 Pro methods for completing ANY online course before you go.
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