Many college applications require you to select a major or state that you are “undeclared.” However, many would like to know what the best way to choose a major is.

Here are five ideas to guide you.

(1.) Start early.

It’s never too early or too late to start exploring your interests and connecting them to majors or careers.

(2.) Learn about yourself.

Take advantage of career surveys, interest inventories, or other questionnaires or resources available to you. The more you understand yourself, the better prepared you are for the next steps.

(3.) Research

Use the Internet and other research tools available to you to explore what majors are needed for careers you are interested in.  Taking classes in subjects required for a major or profession helps you learn more too.

(4.) Try it on.

Arrange to do a job shadow or to interview someone in careers you are interested in.

(5.) Make a shortlist.

Once you have done your research and talked to people in professions, narrow your list of majors to pursue. Often there are many majors you can select from to get to a chosen career or area of interest.

Undeclared Major

One of the most popular majors at universities is the “undeclared” major. Many universities or colleges recognize you may not be ready to declare a major when you start as a freshman. Often you do not have to declare your major until sometime in your sophomore year.  There are a few universities that don’t offer “undeclared” as an option. You will know which colleges require majors from their websites and applications.

Take Action

Take the College Major Quiz on ThoughtCo or the 16 Personalities Test. Use the list of majors or careers to explore professions in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Do you have any tips about how you discovered your major? We would love to hear from you.

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