Here is the stressful truth: picking your major is a big deal.  Not because you won’t ever do anything except what you studied in college, but because it is your chance to pursue what is important to you.  Finding a way to make a living doing work that you enjoy is much easier if you have the right education.

It’s tempting to look at people who are not working in the field they studied and come to the conclusion that your major doesn’t really matter.  Simply having a college degree WILL help you land a job, and it’s true that great opportunities might take you in unexpected directions.  However, your major will set you on a distinct path that opens and closes possibilities for you.

The sooner you decide what possibilities are important to you, the better chance you have of realizing them.  When you postpone or decline to decide what possibilities are worth pursuing, your circumstances begin to make decisions for you.  For example, an undecided college junior can’t major in Engineering and still graduate on time.  Similarly, a student who lacks career direction and picks a broad major to accommodate their indecision will graduate with that same uncertainty, and limited options because they have not been working toward a professional goal.

Now is the time to start thinking seriously about the possibilities you want to create for yourself, and what major will help you do it.  To help you, Lipscomb has created a degree chooser tool.  Our degree chooser lets you easily compare the academic requirements and professional possibilities of different majors.  Once you identify a few programs that are interesting to you, take the time to learn more about those fields in the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.  At Lipscomb, students can further refine these ideas by taking advantage of our flexible first year curriculum to explore their interests, and working closely with their academic advisor and our career development staff to develop an academic plan that lays a foundation for a satisfying professional career.

As you consider different majors and colleges, don’t hesitate to take advantage of another great resource – Admissions Counselors.  Admissions Counselors might not have all the answers, but they can certainly connect you with faculty who will be happy to talk with you about the possibilities for students in their field.  Get in touch with an Admissions Counselor at your schools of interest – they will be glad to help!

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