Take a good honest look at yourself. This step is essential to making a good decision about a major and a career.
- Who are you?
- How would you describe your personality?
- What kinds of things do you like to do?
- What kinds of things are you good at?
- What kinds of things do you avoid?
- What are your goals for 5 and 10 years from now?
These may be hard questions to answer honestly. But this is really the best place to start!
Grab some paper and a pencil and answer the following questions:
(You could also print this page, then answer the questions. 1. Your interests in School:
- What topics do you like to learn about?
- Do you like to read?
- Do you read for pleasure?
- Do you like math?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- So far, what is your best accomplishment in school?
Answers to some of these questions can help you lean toward or away from certain majors.
English and history majors are required to do a lot of reading. Engineering, chemistry, and business majors are required to understand and perform lots of mathematical calculations. 2. Your academic Abilities:
- Do you remember what you read?
- Are you comfortable working with numbers?
- Can you express your thoughts clearly in writing?
- Are you good at speaking in public?
- In what subjects do you receive high grades? Why?
- In what subjects do you struggle? Why?
- What kinds of things come easily to you?
If you major in a subject that you like, you'll be motivated to study. If you also have the ability in that subject you'll enjoy the learning process. It makes sense that students who are motivated and enjoy learning do well in college. 3. Your Personality:
The way you take in information and interact with people can be very important characteristics to consider when looking for the right major and career path.
This link takes you to a site to learn about your personality "Type." The four letter code you will get to describe your personality type is a widely used system in all kinds of career settings.
Are you Introverted or Extroverted, Intuitive or Sensing, Thinking or Feeling, Judging or Perceiving? Go to Keirsey to find out!
Another useful thing to find out about your personality is what characteristics do you have that match a widely used system for identifying types of jobs you would fit into. The Holland coding system gives you three letters which represent such categories as Realistic, Social, Investigative, Artistic, etc. Many of the available indexes of jobs and careers will include these codes.
To find out which codes are a good match for you, go to Holland. 4. Your Future:
- What do you want to be doing five years after college?
- Is earning lots of money important to you?
- Do you want to be working in a team or by yourself?
- What do you value most in life? Where do you want to live?
- What do you secretly want to do?
After creating a picture of your future, think about possible majors that might lead you in that direction. Consider which of those go along with your interests and abilities. Which ones can you cross out? Which ones look promising?