Myths and Facts About Choosing a Major

Myths
  1. It is better to avoid making a decision than to make a wrong decision.
  2. Decisions about a major are irrevocable and of life-and-death importance.
  3. A wrong decision is a failure, and this is horrible.
  4. Deciding against a certain major now means I am giving up that option forever.
  5. When making my decision about a major, it is important to please the significant people in my life.
  6. There is one—and only one—right major for me, and true happiness is impossible until I find it.
  7. My major can and must meet all of my needs and utilize all of my abilities.
  8. If I really “had my head together,” I would know exactly what major to choose.
Facts
  1. Experts predict people will make an average of three career changes and work seven to 10 jobs during their lifetime.
  2. Within three to five years, more than 50 percent of all college graduates are doing work having little or no relation to their college major.
  3. Those students who enter college with their major undeclared are more certain of their career direction by the end of their sophomore year than those who declared a major upon entering.
  4. Finding a job related to a college major is not essential for job satisfaction.
  5. Men and women who considered their jobs to be closely related to their major seemed to be no more satisfied with their work than others.
  6. Those who chose majors late in their college experience were equally satisfied with their eventual employment.
  7. It is not practical to choose a “practical” major that you don’t enjoy and do well in. Employers want to see you have done outstanding work in whatever you have chosen to study.
  8. If you don’t enjoy the academic work of a given major, you probably won’t enjoy the kind of occupations related to that major.