Not really sure what is a major and what is a career? What are the differences and what are the similarities? Read below!
What is a major?
- A major is a specific subject field that a student chooses to focus and specialize in.
- A major will require students to take courses/classes that focus on the subject area which will be a third or half of the courses they will take during their undergraduate career.
Why is a major important?
- Majors are important because all students who enroll into college will need to choose and complete a major to receive a degree.
- Majors are very important because they prepare you for a certain field or career. For example, if you want to be a civil engineer, you will need to complete a civil engineering major to get a degree in it and qualify and meet requirements necessary to be a civil engineer at a company.
- You can look at a major(s) as a key to a locked door to a job or career
How can you narrow down majors and chose one or two to complete?
It can be difficult to narrow down and even choose a major or majors that you’re interested in. There are many different ways and how you can approach this issue, here are some tips that might help you in choosing a major:
- Take a variety of classes with subjects that you are interested in and based on those courses, you can choose to delve deeper into next level courses in those areas.
- Make a list of majors you’re interested in and explore the courses needed to complete the major to see if they are courses that fits with your interests
- Take assessments to help match a major to your interests
- Talk to students who are majoring in those that you’re interested in
- Talk to professionals in a career field or job that require a major you’re interested in
- Set up meetings to talk to career advisors and academic advisors
The timeline or deadlines for students to choose and declare a major once they’re in college is going to vary depending on if they are attending a four year institution or a two year technical college. For students attending four year institutions, many students choose a major at the end of sophomore (second) year. For two year colleges, students often choose a major at the beginning since these programs are shorter.
Sources with tips to help you choose a major(s):
List of majors
Differences between major and career:
- A major is a specialized focus subject area and usually is a group of classes/courses categorized to fulfill requirements of studying the focused subject area.
- A career is a set of jobs and experiences that leads to a specific occupation.
- A major requires completing courses/classes and you will then earn an undergraduate degree.
- A career usually begins after completing a set of education, training, or certification and the end of a career usually contains a variety of jobs and experiences.
Relationship between major and career:
- Choosing a major to earn a post secondary degree can help you get jobs or continue professional schooling to progress towards a career.
- A major is more like a stepping stone or first step in embarking on a career journey. You need to major in a subject area to receive the credentials in the education aspect in order to begin obtaining appropriate employment and experiences that make up a career.