Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Major Problem: How to Choose a Degree with Confidence

Written by Lauren Lind

When it comes to choosing your major, it can feel very overwhelming. There are so many interesting areas that you could decide to focus your studies on and you don’t want to make the wrong decision. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for your ‘major problem.’

Here’s how you can choose a degree with confidence:

• Take a deep breath and relax. Your major does not automatically equal a set career path. When employers are hiring, they will look at your major; however, they are interviewing and hiring YOU, not your degree. Be sure to think outside of your major.

• Be honest with what interests you. Decide what sparks your excitement and what does not. If your parents want you to study engineering, yet your passion lies in a completely different area, go with your gut instinct or you could end up being miserable.

• Come into Career Services. Meet with a career counselor to look at different
career paths within your major and explore some other majors you might be interested in. Look at the requirements for different degrees. Don’t forget to look up salary ranges on a site such as, so you aren’t surprised after you have received your degree.

• Research. Look into different possible careers that you could go into that your desired major could be applicable to. Use your resources and talk to people who are studying what you think you might want to pursue studying. This is a great opportunity to do an informational interview with someone in a career you’re interested in pursuing.

• Be resilient. Don’t be ashamed to change your major after trying it out. One in three CU students change their majors by junior year. College is the time to explore and study things that you might not get an opportunity to study ever again.

• Don’t over think things. This is an exciting time in your life. You should be proud of yourself for pursuing a higher education. There will be times when you love what you study and other times when you feel an immense dislike for your major. Over-thinking about what to study isn’t the best use of your time, so instead pick an area that interests you and go with it! You can change your major, but if you never try, you’ll never know.

Be sure to check out Career Service’s “Explore Majors and Careers” on April 8th at 5:30PM in C4C S350.

What’s your major and why did you pick it? We’d love to know more about what our fellow buffs study. Tweet us at @CUCareerserv, leave a comment, or write on our Facebook wall.

Hat tip: Chris Kyle