Choosing a Major

Where do you go to school? How do you like it? What’s your major? These three questions will be fired at students in rapid succession for the better part of their years spent in college. Asking about your school and your major is an easy way for people to start a conversation with you, but if you don’t know what your major is yet, saying “I’m undecided” can get old pretty fast. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to figure out the right major for you. 

One of the first and easiest ways to get a general idea of what you might want to do is to take a career assessment test. These tests will ask you multiple choice questions regarding your interests, competencies, and preferences and will then generate a few careers that you may be interested in.  You can also narrow the search to show you results that just include majors in the UW-System.

Another step that you can take to determining your major is taking a career planning class, offered at UWGB in both fall and spring semesters.  The one credit course is designed to help you focus on both short and long term goals in terms of your career and life in general. It will help you assess yourself and explore career and major options.

Once you choose a major, the next step in the process is to figure out what you careers you can do with it.  Typically, each major can be associated with multiple careers. Example: with a degree in business administration you can do accounting, financial services, economics, or personnel resources.  A lot of majors allow you to select from a variety of concentration within your selected major which makes for a more specialized degree.

When you talk to someone who knows exactly what they want to do with their lives, don’t be fooled, most incoming freshmen have no idea. In fact, some may say its better not to know right away because then you are more open to the possibilities of finding something that you may really enjoy.

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