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Allison Mueller

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Dear Elizabeth,

I have been having trouble figuring out my major.  I have a lot of different options in mind, but I can’t choose. There are so many different things I want to do, and I have no idea how to narrow it down. How can I make the decision easier?

Sincerely, Undecided

Dear Undecided,

Picking a major can be difficult, so do not feel bad if you have not found one yet. The most important thing about deciding on a major is being willing to put in the required work to succeed within that specific major. One thing I would recommend is creating a list of all the different fields or subjects you are interested in. Once you create the list, start to narrow it down and take out the interests one at a time. Once you have made it to about three to five interests, look up what majors are related to that specific interest.

If you already have a list of possible majors, it would be a good idea to create a pro and con for each one.  By creating the pro and con list, you would be able to see what you would gain and what you would lose by choosing a certain major. It is also important to see if any of these majors require a minor, which doesn’t necessarily have to be related to the major.

When choosing a major, it is also smart to have a clear idea of what kind of job you want in the future. If you can choose a major that is somehow related to this career, then you will be better prepared and more likely to get a job. There are also some occupations out there that require certain majors. It is important to think of a major that will go with a job that will benefit you financially. Employers today are looking for educated workers. If you go into a job interview with the correct credentials and the most applicable education, employers will view you as a valuable member of the work force.

Even though it’s important to find a major that will help you get a good job, it is more important to find a major that you will enjoy. If you enjoy what you are doing, you are more likely to be productive and happy with your work. No matter how much money you make, if you are not truly happy with what you are doing, the money you have doesn’t really mean anything.

The best piece of advice I can give you in finding a major is to figure out what you love to do. Once you find that out, see if Winona State offers a major that is associated with that interest. Once you have found this major get ready to put yourself out there and learn all that you can.