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Choosing a College Major You Can Live With

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

When it comes to choosing majors in college, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed  – it’s hard to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life! My College Guide to the rescue! We’ve got a few tips to help you choose a college major that’s right for you – and your future!

What do you want to be when you "grow up?"

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A job right out of college sounds nice, right? Well, there’s a few ways that you can figure out and narrow down your list of dream jobs – and the most employable majors! From the unique college major to the more unusual, some will make the job hunt a little easier on you than others – so, here’s a few questions to keep in mind when thinking “college major.”

Classes — What do you enjoy? Think about the types of classes that have kept you interested, the classes you’ve taken that you couldn’t wait until they started. Was it science, math, or literature? Have you ever considered a career path in any of these concentrations? You might want to start!

Hobbies – Do you love trekking around and taking pictures? Do you like drawing or gardening or decorating? These aren’t just fun things to do in your spare time – they are also potential career paths! Imagine doing something you love and getting paid for it!

Money – Are you looking to make the big bucks? While we would encourage you not to choose a career based on money, there are, of course, some that are going to pad your wallet better than others. Head to the Bureau of Labor statistics and see if the careers you are deciding on sound like a good match – but know that location and other factors can make your pay rate vary!

Demand – Are the careers you are considering projected to be in demand by the time you get out of high school? If you have your heart set on something super specific, even if it’s hard to find, it doesn’t mean you won’t find a job – and vice versa. Still, it’s good to know what’s available now and what’s going to keep being available if your circumstances change down the line.

Could your favorite childhood toy turn into a future career choice?

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Testing…1,2,3 – Another test? Well, sort of. There are many self assessment resources and tests out there (free and paid) that can help you get a better handle on the types of things you might want to consider as a career path. The Riley Guide is one such test with links to various other test assessment websites.

Listen In – If you want to learn more about a specific career from the people living it, you might want to see if you can find a career fair or field expo. Why not listen to speakers talk about the topic you are considering? Speak with attendees after the event and ask your questions –the answers can also help you get a better handle on whether or not it’s a good choice for you!

Perhaps your perfect career hasn’t been created yet! Think about it: computer and Smartphone technology, social media, and so many more have created relatively new careers that didn’t exist when your mom and dad were in college. While it probably won’t help you in your college major search, it just goes to show that your options can always change, so why not go with what you love?

The Most Employable Majors: 5 Concentrations That Will Land You a Job Straight Out of College

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

jobIt’s true that technically, you don’t need to choose a major until your third year of college. But there are a lot of advantages to selecting your concentration before you even set foot on campus, while you’re still in high school. Choosing early gives you the chance to take relevant AP courses and SAT subject tests that will let you test out of lower-level prerequisites, saving thousands of dollars on course tuition. You can also take the opportunity to find relevant internships early in the game, which will make you look more attractive to employers when you’re ready to find a full-time job.

So, if you’re considering choosing a major now, you’ll want to think about what you’re good at and what you’re interested in—but especially in these difficult times, you’ll also want to think about what will make you employable. If you want a degree that will help you land a job straight out of college, consider one of these concentrations.

Biomedical Engineering. This challenging, but fascinating major combines the study of engineering and the human body to help students understand how science can help humanity. Biomedical engineers are responsible for working on innovative projects like creating prosthetic limbs and creating cancer warning systems. The career field is growing rapidly, with an estimated 11,600 jobs to be added within the next eight years, and the median salary is $ 77,400. If you’re a math and science whiz, this could be the perfect major to get you started in an exciting and high-paying career.

Education. It’s true that teachers don’t make a fortune, but getting every summer off is one of the greatest benefits around. Getting a degree in elementary education and a teaching credential means that you’re unlikely to ever be out of a job—schools are always in need of great new teachers. Check out the requirements in your state, or the state you plan to move to, to find out what’s involved in becoming a teacher, and what sort of wages you can hope to earn—in some areas, such as New York City, long-time teachers can earn in excess of $100,000 a year.

Information Technology. If you’re a computer whiz, a degree in information technology will help you get the paper credentials you need to move into the high-paying and fast-paced tech world. The industry is gaining prominence rapidly: according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 155,000 new jobs in the network systems and data communications field will be created by 2018. Play your cards right, and you may end up at a Silicon Valley start-up straight out of college.

Finance. If you’re good with numbers, a degree in finance could serve you well in the job market. You’ll have the option of going on to get your CPA license to become an accountant, or you can go into any number of financial careers, such as a financial examiner, a financial consultant, an insurance underwriter, or a money manager. Even though Wall Street may not be the hot spot it once was, there are still plenty of great jobs in the financial industry to be found.

Athletic Training. If you’re a sports nut, but won’t be recruited into the NFL anytime soon, a B.A. in athletic training is a great way to set yourself up for a physically oriented job, where you’ll be able to help people prevent or repair physical injuries. Athletic trainers may work in schools, hospitals, or with sports teams, and are highly in demand—athletic trainer employment is expected to rise by 38 percent from 2008 to 2018. If you love being on your feet all day, this could be the perfect major for you.