Do you know how to choose your major? Find out how!

There are many tips to remember regarding choosing a major in college, but one of them  is the most important of all. This tip is to remember not to worry too much about the process or the ramifications of your choice. Most students are initially nervous about their potential major and overcoming this anxiety is a key step to finding the right major. Maintaining a clear and level-headed approach to your decision will make it much easier to choose a major. After calming down, there are more steps to take when choosing a major in college.

Step One: The first criteria to consider when choosing a major are your own interests. Think about what topics interested you in school; what courses you found pleasant, what activities were fun. If you are still drawing a blank about this, there are a variety of assessment tests available online on and other education sites.

Step Two: After considering your own interests it is important match these interests with your abilities and values. Take some time to examine your strengths and weaknesses in academic and social areas. A good way to start going about this is to look at your high school course curriculum. See which classes you performed well in and remember the projects or work that you found easiest. See if many courses follow a pattern; for example, you did well in all your math courses. Along with your abilities, consider your values and morals. Consider if you enjoy helping others, working under stress, working as a group, stability, and other factors.

Step Three: Now that you have taken a variety of factors into consideration about yourself; your interests, abilities, and values are all concretely defined and you are ready for the next step in choosing a major in college. This step is career exploration. You should explore which careers fit your unique personality, interests, values, and abilities. There are many resources available for researching careers. You may want to see your guidance counselor who will provide you with free professional career aptitude tests. There are also a number of websites that offer these tests for free. Other resources available for career research include the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, available online. This is a comprehensive guide to all possible careers and occupations in the United States and provides information about salary, employment potential, and the nature of the job.

Step Four: You've done a self-examination of your interests, abilities, and values. You've used this knowledge to determine possible careers for yourself. Now it is time to discover what majors work for these choices. You can use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to see the majors that particular careers require. Create a list of possible majors based on these qualifications.

Step Five: This is the final step and involves the actual choice of a college major. Consider the few majors that you narrowed your search down to and ask yourself a few questions. Are you ready for the workload of the major you choose? Are you comfortable enough with this choice to see yourself in the field for the next two decades?

One you have completed these steps, hopefully you are well-aware of the career field you would like to enter. If not, consider seeking additional help in terms of your future.

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