Time to decide on your college major?
By: Rodger Bailey, MS
Are you ready to decide on your university major? When you get out of high school and go to college, you may or may not need to decide your major as you start. Some majors must be decided as you start college, others may not need that decision for a couple of years. When it is time to decide. this may be difficult. You may need to know how to go about deciding.
You may need to decide your major as you start college. For some fields, you need to start as a freshman in that major. If you are considering fields like that, make sure you really want that field. Make sure you did well in the courses in high school which relate to this field. Another thing you can do is explore the field. I’ll talk more about that later. Maybe you already know your mission in life, If so, does this field, this major, match that mission?
Of course, one of the most important considerations in deciding your major is your exposure to this field and how much you like everything you have been exposed to in this field. Have you only had one course? Was it the professor, the content, or the others in the class which attracted you to this field? You might improve the possibility of success in this new field if you take more courses and make sure you take courses from diverse professors in that major.
Another important consideration is to make sure you are a good match for this major. This means that you make sure your patterns of thinking and behavior match up with what will be needed for the field. Will you feel okay working with the others in this field? How can a person know if their patterns match up with the patterns needed for a job or career?
One way to make sure you have the patterns for a field is to visit people who are performing the tasks within a field. Watch them working and consider if those tasks are tasks you will be comfortable performing. Talk with many different people working in that field and take the time to recognize if those are the kinds of people with whom you want to spend your time.
Another way to make sure you have the thinking and behavior patterns for a field is to have a career assessment. This is a test which evaluates your thinking and behavior patterns (traits) so you can examine how you fit in with certain careers and jobs. The LAB Profile is based on interviews and tests with tens of thousands of working people from dozens of countries.
When you take this test, you receive a 17 – 20 page report which shows your patterns on 40 scales. Each of these scales represents a specific behavioral or thinking pattern. The scale is described and your positions on those scales is shown graphically, in percentages, and with text.
In your phone coaching session, you can ask about your specific patterns, you can ask about your new major, and if other careers would be a good fit for your patterns.
The LAB Profile Career Assessment can give you the kinds of information you need to make an informed decision about your major. If you want our precise information to help your decision, go to our website, labprofile dot com, and follow the links to “Purchase”
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