Myths about majors:
- Most students entering college have already decided their academic majors.
National statistics vary but most state that at least 50% of entering college students are undecided about their majors.
- Once a student decides on an academic major, he/she will stick to it.
Not likely. 50% – 70% of students change their majors at least once, most will change majors at least 3 times before they graduate.
- Student should choose a major based on current job trends.
Job market demands are constantly changing and what’s hot today may not be hot tomorrow. Furthermore, estimates from various sources state that 40% – 60% of the jobs of the future have yet to be created!
- Students should choose majors directly related to their careers.
The truth is that more than 50% of college graduates pursue careers that are not related to their majors. Keep in mind that most employers just want you to have a degree in something.
- A career/personality assessment or career professional can tell you what to major in and what to do with your life.
Not. The purpose of these assessments is to help you clarify and understand your strengths, weaknesses and preferences so that you can make more confident decisions. A good career professional will help guide your decision making process but will not make these decisions for you.
- A major will limit career options.
Not in the least! A math major can have a business related career just as a business major can be a psychologist. For most people, it’s what you do in your graduate program or on the job that will dictate your career path. So getting back to the examples above, a math major can go on and get a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a business major can go on and get a graduate degree in Psychology.
- A college degree guarantees career success.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. What a college degree does do however, is increase the odds that you will be gainfully employed and that if you lose your job, you will spend less time unemployed than someone without a college degree.
If you are undecided about a major, consider the following:
- Work individually with a career counselor in Career Services.
Career counselors are trained to help you clarify your goals using a variety of assessments and approaches.
- Ask a counselor about taking a career or personality assessment.
A counselor can make a recommendation about an appropriate assessment.
- Take a variety of courses in different subject areas.
If you are working towards a degree, you are required to take general education and elective units. Use these courses as an opportunity to explore new areas.
- Talk to people you know who are happy in their careers and ask them about their majors.
People who are satisfied in their work must be doing something right!
What can I do with a major in…?
The truth is, you can do any job with almost any major. While some careers require you to receive specialized training to perform specific job tasks or to advance in the field, employers usually don’t hire based on your major. They look for candidates who are willing to learn new skills, demonstrate strong work ethic, and are a good personality fit within their organization. They also take volunteer, internship and work experience into consideration.
Career Services believes that it is important that you find a major that interests you so that you are motivated to finish your degree and graduate. Remember, you are not “stuck” in a field just because you majored in it. View the links below to explore the majors offered at ULV and their corresponding career fields. Chances are, if you are interested in a particular major, you will be interested in its related careers.
- Child Development
- Computer Science/Engineer
- Environmental Studies-Science
- Foreign Language (French, Spanish, German, etc.)
- Management (Business, Health Service, Environmental)
- International Business and Language
- International Studies
- Liberal Studies
- Organizational Management
- paralegal.legal assistance
- Physical Education
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Speech Communications
For Additional Information on Academic Majors,click here.