How to Choose a Major That Fits Your Background and Education Level By Rachelle Wilber

Choosing your major in college is quite important. It will impact not only your future earning potential, but your overall level of satisfaction as well. Because of this, it is important to choose a major that fits your background and level of education. Consider these four strategies to accomplish just that objective.


Decide What Your Passion in Life Is

Life is more fun and enjoyable when we are doing that which we are most passionate about. The key for young people is to decide what their passion is and then set out to choose a major that has the best potential of allowing them to live that out in the adult world. Passion usually comes back to background and level of education. Students do better in the courses that interest them, so choosing a major should be done with that in mind. Avoid succumbing to the pressure of parents and friends in choosing a major as the decision ultimately impacts you for the rest of your life.

What Is Available In Your Region of the Country?

Choosing a major is also about knowing what industries are available in your region of the country. It does little good to spend four years earning a degree that really does not benefit you due to a lack of employment opportunities in your area. Consider your passion and then work to fit that within your background in terms of what type of job you believe you can get upon graduation. This will give you the best chance of landing a fulfilling and satisfying job with the degree that you have earned.

Consider an Online Degree

One degree worth considering is that of emergency management. A degree in emergency management can now be earned entirely online, so that will fit well within the busy lifestyle of many college students today. This is an emerging field that has great potential, so if you are interested in helping communities deal with all types of emergencies, this could be the degree for you.

Think About Your Family

Your family can influence your choice of major as well. If you are involved in any family business, or your have generations of relatives that have entered a certain industry, this could indicate a strong background in a given area. Family interests are always worthy to take into account when choosing a major, but just make sure that you are still passionate about the field.

These are four considerations when choosing a major. You want to earn a degree in an area that fits well with your background and level of education. Work hard in school and then you will be more likely to enjoy your future career.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.