What to look for when switching your major

Choosing a career is not always easy. It is not easy to just flip a switch and magically know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing. It is a rather challenging task.

It takes time, effort and research. I have a friend who started with computer science, changed to politics, then business, then marketing, then switched to communications and ended up in Human resources and public relations.

It took her a lot of time to realize what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. It took trying out a lot of majors.

As a freshman, you are probably not looking for a major right away. You are most likely looking to make friends and do fun things and so on. But major? Not yet.

So, you start taking general education classes and then start getting a feel for college and what it is about.

Starting college comes with mixed emotions; some classes are tougher than others. Some are almost impossible to pass. Some are so challenging that the idea of dropping out seems not too farfetched.

The great news is it gets easier. What a relief. It seems unreal. But in reality it does get easier, and the only way to keep yourself together is to start thinking ahead. Think of a major that interests you and makes you want to go to class even when you do not want to.

Think of a major that you can handle and would not be too frustrating. It takes a while to decide but it is worth it at the end. It can be interesting to see that there are a lot of majors to choose from. It can be difficult to decide, but it is best to go for whatever you feel would be interesting in the future.

It takes time but is worth it.

Here are some important questions to ask when choosing a career.

  1. Would I enjoy doing this?
  2. Would I spend the rest of my life doing this?
  3. Would I make an impact on other people?
  4. Would I live comfortably?
  5. Would I be happy?

Career services offers students help with resume writing, cover letters and mock interviews.

Career Prep day and Career day are coming up and are good opportunities to network with future employers and meet them and ask questions. It is very interesting to see a broad range of jobs that you would like to do in future and have someone who is already doing them talk to you.

Mock interviews are also great at giving you feedback on your resume, cover letters and how to dress. This can even help land you a great job.

Tips for interviews:

  1. Dress appropriately, like you are interviewing for your dream job.
  2. Sit down properly, no slouching.
  3. Smile.
  4. A firm handshake.
  5. Be confident.
  6. Switch your phone to “off”.
  7. Ask questions if you don’t understand.

There are a lot of rules to follow, but these basic rules are important in my own personal experience. I have learned that employers find it important when you are bold and act with confidence. Everyone is nervous, but practice helps a lot.

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Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi

Oluwatobi is a college student trying to make things work. She loves writing and listening to music. You can always see her with a pen trying to jot down notes. Oluwatobi loves to learn and meet new people.

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