5 Things To Consider Before Changing Your Major

This is nothing wrong with changing your major. An intense class or a bad internship could provide the perspective you need  to identify that you don’t want to be a doctor, lawyer or teacher ect. However before you commite to another major there are 5 Things to consider before changing your major.



1. Do your research about the next major

Do your research know how this will affect you financially: Some major changes will require extra semesters in school. If you’re providing some or all of the cost of your child’s education, know ahead of time what you’re prepared to do in the way of additional schooling. This probably won’t be your child’s only consideration when deciding whether or not to change majors, but it’s an important one, and he or she needs to be clear on the financial picture in order to make an informed decision.

2. How many credits you have already accumulated in your original degree program?—m

2. Are you positively sure want to change majors?–suddenly deciding to switch majors just because you received a low grade on an exam should not be the reason why you decide to forsake your first major. Think about your decision for awhile and talk to your advisor before officially becoming a biology major instead of a computer science major. Changing majors on a whim may prove disastrous to your college career.

3. Will you be able to afford attending school longer than you originally planned?–be aware that federal financial aid such as Pell grants and Perkins loans are only available to eligible college students for a limited time. According to the Department of Education, students can receive Pell grant awards for no more than 18 semesters.

4. What are your chances for gaining employment if you decide to switch majors?–if you enrolled as a computer science major just because jobs for geeks are plentiful but now have the urge to paint murals in the south of France, consider the fact that artists, writers and other creative types face one of the toughest and most competitive job markets out there. Although you may have experienced an epiphany about painting a masterpiece while writing a computer program, consider the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expect a slower than average rate of employment for artists (around five percent) over the coming decade.

5. Does your new major fit your personality?–if you are an introvert, i.e., someone who prefers to listen rather than dominate a conversation or feels more comfortable working alone instead of in a group, you may not mesh well with “extroverted” majors like nursing, management or human resources. Alternately, extroverts may find that jobs involving long hours of solitary work or limited interaction with people to be boring, irritating and even stressful. So before signing those papers that officially changes your major, consider your personality and how well you would “get along” with a job in that particular field of study.

In addition, many students choose not to declare a major when enrolling in an online university degree program. These “undeclared major” students generally begin their freshman year by taking several general education classes as well as a few introductory courses concerning specific areas of study to find out what they actually enjoy or dislike. For example, you could take an “Introduction to Accounting” class and an “Introduction to Psychology” class if you can’t decide which major you would like to pursue. Other introductory classes popular with undeclared major students are political science, biology and communications.

While changing majors is not difficult to do on paper, it should involve a lot of self-analyzing and hard thinking on your part, since this one decision will undoubtedly influence just about every aspect of the rest of your life.




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