Post # 1
I’m not declared, but I plan to major in history… and something else, lol. First I thought anthropology. Then I thought biology, then zoology. Then I decided on poli sci, then I went back to anthropology, and now I’m reconsidering zoology. Ahhh!
I think the problem is that I have no idea what I want to do…. I’ve taken every career and personality test I can find, researched careers paths for hours, and I still feel undecided and depending on the day, either super excited about every job I look at or not excited about any of them. I’m at the point where the classes I take this semester are going to decide what I major in… and it’s so stressful!
Anyone else feel this way? Or have felt this way? Either commiserate with me or offer advice? 🙂
Post # 3
Current research says that the average person who is in college today, will have at least 5 different careers in their lifetime. Not different jobs- different careers.
There is no way you can prep for all of those, nor are you expected to know what they will be.
Do what you love. Most job skills are transferable amd knowledge is always transferable.
Post # 4
Totally. I’ve beein in junior college for… 5 years now. I think I’m finally done figuring things out. I’m on my… 6th major, and am just trying to be done with my bachelors and masters before I’m 30 haha. I think I have an idea of my possible career but I’m a huge commitment-phobe and it freaks me out, especially because I would love to live a nomadic lifestyle so finding something with the ability to travel and still make decent money took a while.
Good luck, I would try to take a broad major so you can pick your career further down the road, zoology is kind of narrow- biology would probably be a better route (IMO) and if animal jobs are out of the question it would be easy to jump into something to do with healthcare. (I almost went that route).
Post # 5
I am almost done with a masters degree and a specialists degree and I have thought SEVERAL times about going back to school for something completely different. I love what I am doing but I am constantly thinking of other things that I might enjoy doing more. I feel like it’s never ending and at this point I think I am forcing myself to stick with this. I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I graduated from college. I did a degree that could take several different career paths and went to grad school based on what I liked most about my degree. You will find something eventually, dont get discouraged. I know many people that have taken years to figure out what it is they love. Once you find it, you will be much happier than just settling for any old career.
Post # 6
I definatly felt this way in and just out of college! I was very stressed about what to do when I graduated during my junior and fourth year of college. During my last semester I decided I was done with being stressed out. Life is a ride and I will go where it takes me! I ended up working for a few years in my field and following other oppertunities. I’m about to go back to school to get my teaching certificate for elementry education (something I thought I would NEVER do while going for my undergrad…) So sometimes life is a journey and you just have to get on the road and follow it! Good Luck!
Post # 7
@julies1949: Except the few jobs that do sound like something I’d want are very narrow themselves- they all require a specific degree. Like working in a zoo- they won’t take a history major.
@nineteen87: I can’t do biology 🙁 It requires a lot more credits than I have time for, and several math requirements that I’d never survive anway. I’m not sure what else is broad but interesting? It’s almost that I like too many specific, but unrelated, topics.
@theredhead: Good advice, thanks 🙂 I feel the same way- there are several different paths that I’d probably be fairly happy with. I’m just not a risk taker and I’m afraid to make an official decision and be set on that path no matter what!
Post # 8
@auggiefrog: Trust me, I’m trying to just go with the flow! It’s so hard though, I’m a super organized person and I have to plan everything. I wish I could just let life take me wherever!
Post # 9
i went thru something like this in my first year as an undergrad. i thought i wanted to be a medical doctor, but turns out i hated first year biology! i was taking math cuz i had always been good at it, but i didn’t want to do anything with it! i was bouncing around not sure what classes to take or to major in (and was majoryl stressed about it!). then i took a psych class as an elective for fun and realized how much i loved it. then i looked at my history of “elective” classes and saw i had taken a couple of psych classes – always just for fun. so it finally hit me…maybe i can do something with psychology! i started by taking another 2 psych classes that year and then switched my major in my second year from biology/math to psych. And now i am about to get a PhD in clinical psych and i still love the profession (hate that i have been in school for a decade, but that’s a separate issue!).
so i wonder if you can think of something you have been doing for fun, but never thought seriously about making a career out of it? and then see how you feel if you decide to major in it. Even if it’s something you absolutely never considered before.
Also, if you are in your first year (which i assume because you have haven’t declared yet?). I wouldn’t stress, even if you spend one extra year taking classes, at some point you will figure out what you want to do – and get there.
Post # 10
Ah yeah, that’s why I didn’t continue in it either, 3 chemistry classes plus all of the biology/physics, I wasn’t sure if zoology had enough classes that would count for both. I am currently majoring in Sociology and also thought about Poli Sci but plan on moving out of the country and it would be much more difficult to get a political job in a new country where I wouldn’t have citizenship yet.
Post # 11
@galloway111: I majored in History because I liked it and it came easy to me. I do not want to scare you but unless you want to be a teacher or law school History is pretty bad. I wentt back to school to get my MBA and currently work as a legal assistant. If I could do it all over again I would have majored in Business. I love History but its so hard to land a good paying job with just that major so I say see if you can do a duel major.
Post # 12
@dynamic_duo: I guess I haven’t taken many classes for “fun”, I take them to test the waters and see if I would like the subject… and I like all the ones I listed. But I can’t quadruple major, lol. I’m sort of in my third year… I took a year off (almost) for financial reasons but took a few classes. So I’m in either my second or third year depending on how you look at it. I have 2 years left and if I’m going to go for zoology or anthropology I need to decide right now 🙁
@nineteen87: Yeah, zoology requires no math and less chemistry (although still a little). I prefer animal bio anyway.
@sexxysheddy: I don’t want to do law or teaching. I’ve thought I might like to work in a museum. But I’m just not sure. I love history though- I would never major in something I didn’t enjoy just to make more money later.
Post # 14
I majored in Kinesiology and minored in Chemistry. I was CONVINCED that kinesiology was a great field and I’d have plenty of options for jobs. WRONG. I finally got a job that has basically turned into my career, that has NOTHING to do with anything I learned in college.
Turns out…thats the way its been for all my friends who graduated around the same time. Either that or they decided to continue their education further.
I hate to sound pessimistic, but the only BACHELOR’s degree that seems to pay off is teaching or nursing. Everything else requires further schooling. So either get used to the idea of being in college til you are 30 or stick to your guns, get a job, and work hard to work your way up. The market today just isn’t what it was 10 or 20 years ago.