Choosing what you're going to study in college is both an exciting and daunting task. With all the changes and new experiences involved with enrolling in a higher education program, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and pick a path that might not be best suited to you. Tulane School of Professional Advancement's admissions team looks forward to getting to know each student and helping them through each step of returning to school as an adult. Below are some additional steps you can take to help you feel confident about deciding on a major or course of study.
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1) Evaluate Your Interests and Skills
Before choosing a major, take some time to reflect on what your passions and interests are. You may consider spending the rest of your life in the field of study you choose, so it's important to pick something that excites you and keeps you engaged. It's also important to know what you don't like: if field work doesn't appeal to you, then you shouldn't consider a career in construction management. Further research such as taking online career assessment quizzes or thinking about what you enjoyed in previous work settings or classes can sometimes lead you down the path of self-discovery. For example, if you felt the more attentive in art class in high school, consider a career as a digital designer or similar career paths that spur creativity. Most importantly, you shouldn't just declare a major because you feel like you have to or because it seems the most practical. Students feeling unsure about the earning potential associated with a specific career or industry can schedule an appointment with SoPA's Career Advisor for additional support and insight.
Here are a few other ways to evaluate your interests and skills:
- Speak with former teachers or coaches. While this decision is yours alone, people who helped guide you up to this point might have some extra insight.
- Read about people who inspire you and learn about their career journey.