5 Tips for Choosing a College Major

Whether you knew during high school what you wanted to do, or decided during your first year in college, choosing a major can be a daunting experience. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

I asked a few students at Globe University-Madison West what their chosen major was and more specifically, why they chose it.  Here is what they had to share.

Medical assistant students

Students in the medical assistant program analyze blood under a microscope.

“I’m majoring in medical assistant and I chose that because it’s always been a passion of mine to get into the medical field somehow. I used to do CNA (certified nursing assistant) work, and I figured if I went back to school to do something more, I would be happier.” -Jacki Wilkerson, student in the medical assistant program.

“I graduated at Herzing University in 2004 in medical insurance and coding and I wanted to go further in medical administration since that is what I was doing at UW Hospital from 1998-2007.  I want to better myself and hopefully get back at the UW Hospital.” -Brenda Ewing, student in the medical administrative assistant program.

“The reason I chose business administration is because this is what I love to do and there is a large field and you can make money.”-Daniel Gotautis, business administration with an emphasis in sales and marketing.

“I was going back and forth between the veterinary technology and medical assistant program. I didn’t know which one to pick until I just said ‘I really love animals’ and that’s what I always wanted to do, so I picked that.”  -Katie Kutz, veterinary technology student.

Globe University-Madison West

Local high school students learn all about the massage therapy program at Globe University-Madison West during a college preview day.

As you can see, one common thought is students choose to focus on something they love. Having a passion for a field of study is key, but there are even more ways to help you choose a major:

  1. Choose a field you are passionate about. Whether it is helping animals, taking care of people, keeping your community safe or running a business, whatever your passion is, it’s important to tap into what you love.
  2. Focus beyond today’s job market. Do you notice any trends or drastic changes in different markets? What does your field look like in 5 years? How about 10? Being aware of the changes in the job market can help narrow your choices.
  3. Dig deeper. By digging deeper into specific career choices in the field you find interesting, you may discover more specialized jobs you may not have thought of before. For example, veterinary technologists are not just practicing in clinics. They are focusing on surgical, emergency care, zoological medicine, dentistry and equine as well.
  4. Think about what types of assignments you enjoy. Hate math but love to write? Then accounting may not be the best choice. You will be spending several quarters on homework.
  5. Remember, education lasts a lifetime. Graduating and working in a field you love can become a stepping stone toward another goal. Perhaps you’ll discover the next step is to further your education in law or veterinary school, or that it’s time to tackle your MBA. The point is you will never know until you do it. But having that first degree in your chosen major is just the beginning to a bright future.

What is your major and why did you choose it? Share with us today by commenting below.