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Talent is not enough


Many students choose a major based on limited information such as courses they enjoy in high school, careers they saw that looked intriguing or careers that typically earn high salaries. These are all valid considerations but they only provide part of the information that students need to consider before making a choice. Accurately choosing a college major requires knowledge of student talent, personality and motivation and the world of work.

Choosing a major that will not disappoint, result in a major change at mid-stream or limit potential career success is the goal. The process should involve thought, discussions with trusted adults and research about self and the world of work. Students should take into consideration the lifestyle they want to live, the salary they'd like to earn and the work activities and culture they would enjoy.


Assessment instruments can be very helpful and there are many that can be used to gather data about the student. It also helps to examine the jobs the student has already held, the volunteer experiences of the student and the career path of parents and other relatives. Choosing a major is an important activity that has been found to determine whether a student graduates from college on time or at all.

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