So you may have seen that I wrote a guest blog post for 11 Shades of Pink (if not, you can read it here!). Of course, Kate wrote a blog post for Miss Caffeinated, too. Today, you can read this glorious post from Kate about how to pick a major! Dive into, peeps:
Whether you’re getting ready to head to college or you’re already there you’re probably a little stressed about choosing what to do with the rest of your life. Afterall making a decision at 18 that will determine what the next 50 years will look like for you is pretty overwhelming. At this point you can’t even been alive for half of that long, and you can’t even imagine doing the same thing for more than 4 years at a time.
Well, I’m here to help. From about 7th grade until my junior year of high school I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a third grade teacher. And then I realized that kids really stress me out. I like other people’s kids in small doses, and I know I will love my own children. But spending 7+ hours a day trying to wrangle 20 little kids at a time just didn’t really appeal to me anymore.
So through my junior and senior years of high school I went through phases of just about every career path possible. For a while I wanted to be an interior designer, then a graphic designer, then English, then computer science, theater, chemistry, math, psychology literally everything. I’m one of the few people in the world that has pretty good use of both “sides” of my brain so I wasn’t even confined by thinking “I’d like to be in the arts” or “I’d like to choose a STEM field.”
Don’t Stress About It
I spent SO much time trying to pick a major. The vast majority of the two years before graduating high school were spent combing through college brochures and trying different things. I don’t really think this actually helped me decide on a major. Let’s be honest, most people change their major in college, according to my quick Google search 50-80% of students change their major at least once. Although I didn’t change my major, my husband has changed his enough for both of us… I believe a total of 5 times.
Also only 27% of students have a job related to their major. Just having a degree in any field puts you in a better place. You’re probably not going to land an engineering job with a degree in fashion. It’s definitely easier to work in a field you’ve studied. But if you make it to your final semester and decide you hate English and would rather get a job as a history teacher you’ll probably be ok! Choose a school with lots of options you’re interested in so if you decide to change majors or investigate another avenue it’s super easy to just walk across campus. And, if you need to, start off as undeclared or take a year off to work or travel. It’s not the end of the world.
Once I chose my major it was a huge “duh” moment for pretty much everyone around me. As a kid I loved digging holes in my back yard. As an elementary student I spent hours reading huge books about ancient Egypt. When I was in 6th grade I planned to go to UCLA and study Egyptology. So when I finally settled on History/Anthropology it seemed incredibly stupid that I had ever considered anything else. But it took me almost a full 2 years to get there. So think back to what you loved as a kid. Your answer may not lay there, we all change as we get older, but it’s a good place to start!
It’s Ok to have Other Interests. As you might have guessed I have sooooo many interests. I’m always thinking “man, it’d be fun to do that!” Remember that you can have interests and hobbies outside of your career. Everytime you find something interesting isn’t a reason to change your major. A good quote to live by is to have 3 hobbies: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to exhibit creativity.
Don’t Listen to Other People
But take advice. If you’re feeling really lost ask people who know you well what they think you’d be good at and enjoy. Take aptitude tests, etc..
When I was deciding on my major my mom was constantly saying “oh you can’t make money doing that”. Which is an important consideration to take, but something you have to decide whether you care about yourself. While money is important it may be more or less important to you. Figure out what your priorities are for yourself. What I cared about what enjoying my job first and money second. I finally decided “this is what I want to do. I don’t care what my mom says because this is a decision I have to make for myself. My mom isn’t going to be following me around for the rest of my life, so I need to learn to make and solidify my future myself.”
Figure Out What You Want
Going along with priorities you should make a list for what job you want. For example, my ideal job is researching, writing, not dealing with people directly on a regular basis, a quiet workspace, and leading myself without much instruction but not having a ton of people under me, being able to dress up or dress down as I please, having a set schedule, but being able to travel with my family. This lead me to think that my ideal job is doing historical research for a museum. Blogging also fits this frame pretty well. For my husband, though, his ideal job is somewhere he can wear suits every day, deal with lots of people, make lists, and have a somewhat flexible work schedule. His ideal job is doing operations management for a large company. Know thyself and to thine own self be true.
Kate is 22 and she currently works as a radio personality. She loves fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also likes a lot of other things, like: sci-fi, history, theology, heavy metal, cooking, and yelling at people to get off her lawn. She is married. Her favourite TV show is Supernatural and her favourite book is A Tale of Two Cities. If you want to get to know her better, click here, to check out her blog!