What should I major in?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ziggyonice, May 17, 2009.

  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Obviously, going to an online forum isn't my first choice for college advice, but I'm really hurting for ideas here... Especially going into my third year of college and still undeclared. All I've been doing this whole time is taking general education classes without any clue as to what I'm actually looking to do.

    I'm not expecting anyone to have the answer, mainly because so much can go into this decision -- not only my interests but also the type of person I am. But any help is appreciated.

    The big four:

    I like computers, and while I know a lot about them, I'm not interested enough to go into something like computer science. It's just way over my head.

    I really like teaching, especially something like computers. Being able to show people how to use software or learn more about their machine, and see their eyes light up, is a great feeling.

    I really like working retail. Yeah, this one's kinda weird, but something about being in charge of all aspects of a department makes me feel kinda important.

    I also like editing video and doing motion graphics using Final Cut Studio. I just do it for fun really, as I'm not as great at it, but I'm getting better slowly. But I can't see myself becoming good enough to get a job doing it.

    P.S. Does anyone know of any online quizzes that are supposed to help you choose a college major? I've found some of those dumb 15-question tests, but I know that there are some actual "good" sites that really try to evaluate your options for you.

    So if you know of a site that will actually give me some help narrowing down my options, please let me know.

  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
  3. kindablue09 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2009
    I don't know of any online quizzes per se, but most colleges have a career center; go there. There is a ton of knowledge about the job market, what is available, and what you need to get there. Sometimes you even find out about careers that you never knew existed (like mine).

    Plus there are people there that are paid to help you find something that matches your interests. They are usually very good at it :)
  4. MrM macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2008
    Do you have any clue as to what you'd like to do in the future? You can apply a lot of different degrees to a lot of different jobs. Everyone uses a computer in the workplace, so you can find a few that might apply to anything. Business has a lot of opportunities. Music could apply towards certain teaching jobs. If you want to be a cop they really don't care what you major in, just as long as you've completed college with a degree.

    You could even do what my friend does, she works from home as a graphic advertiser. She has about 25 clients at any given time, and makes a decent amount of money. It's not a bad gig.
  5. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    If you had a million dollars, what would you do? Question answered :D

  6. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    You can do really well in Marketing, perhaps with some kind of minor in a computer field that would help you get ahead in the retail world.
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    out of the things you listed, what do you like to do the most?
  8. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Marketing or a design agency specialising in retail?
  9. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    In most colleges you take quite a few geneds in the first two years, you can try a class out or two in different major fields and switch if you feel the need to.
  10. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Major in computers or whatever you find intellectually stimulating. Work part-time for a retail establishment while you are in college. After college, if you really like retail, having the part-time work under your belt will help you get a management/merchandising position that you really like at a retail company.

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