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Find out what you should study in college in five steps
Translated by: Jessica Wu
If you are about to go to college and still don’t know what to study, read this article and let us help with your decision. Remember that the most important thing is to follow your dreams and aspirations.
What do you want to study? This should be a simple question to answer, but the truth is that selecting your major is one of the most important decisions you will have to face in your early adult years. To do so, you need to consider several factors like your interests, your capacities, your vocation, and the opportunities for professional development offered by your determined career choice once you enter the working world.
Finishing high school and knowing you need to continue your education by going to a university is worthless if you don’t know what you want to study. That is why counseling experts recommend deepening the vocational election process, instead of just being guided by the tests that certain universities or high schools provide. Vocational orientation is not a spontaneous process; it is developed through time. “You should think about what you want to study in college throughout your high school years, it is not recommended to leave this for the last minute,” states an online specialist specializing in college level education.
Making a good decision requires self-reflection and analysis and many do not know how to go about this. This is why it is easy to falsely assume that if one is good at math one should study engineering or one who writes well should study journalism. This is why if you have to choose a career keep these steps in mind:
Five steps to help you choose what you want to study:
- Manifest Interests. The first thing I’ll ask is what you want to learn and what activities you enjoy most. For example, if a person like sports, social life, helping others, organizing, selling things on the internet, children, the human brain, knowing how a car works, writing, etc.
- Professions and activities. Afterwards one must match the professions related to the activities the person enjoys. Your interests could be present in more than one profession. This will make it necessary to prioritize and see what interests are most predominant.
- Course of Study. Once this is done, you have to define the course of study of the professions that you find interesting, thinking about the concrete activity you would realize in the future. For example, working with a human body (medicine), with animals (veterinarians), with plants and trees (agriculture), with children (pediatrics), with media, literature, writing (journalism, communications), etc.
- Take action. It is also important to define what you want to do throughout this course of study: investigate, sell, construct, explore, entertain, create, defend, serve, elaborate, understand, produce, administer. The verb helps define what one wants to do with a profession.
- Get information. It is important to get information about the careers’ content and curriculum to see if they are what you had imagined and if they match your work expectations (job hiring and median salary)
If you want to get a free online test to start exploring your career options we suggest the following link. Complete it, and don’t leave the job of your dreams for last minute.