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How to choose a major

Concerned about choosing a major?
Unsure of your career interests?


Working in a biology lab at Utica CollegeIf so, you’re not alone. The American Council on Education says that of the freshmen entering college in fall of 2005, 20 percent were undecided about their major. The same survey indicates that 65 percent of the freshmen who had declared a major changed their major at least once during their college career.

So how do you approach these important decisions if you don’t know what you want to study or what career you’re preparing for?

Before you start, relax! It’s smart to take plenty of time to explore your options. In fact, students who come to college with an open mind are often more satisfied with their eventual choice of a major than those who decide early. However, it’s also smart to do some research, and we hope this online presentation will get you started.

At Utica College, we are experienced in helping people find the right path, and we would like to put our experience to work for you. We suggest you start with a three-step process:

    • Take a thoughtful look at yourself.
       
    • Explore the job market to determine where the best employment
      opportunities will be.
       
    • Carefully examine your college options to see what resources various institutions will offer you during these important years.


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