Exploring what to study


Your student’s college decision isn’t only about which school they’re going to choose — it also includes which major they’re going to pick. The number of program choices they have might seem a bit overwhelming, but you can help them figure out which is the best fit for them. Check out this video to find out how.

Doing what you love

If your student doesn’t know what they want to study, choosing a major can be intimidating.

They may worry that once they choose a major, there’s no turning back. 

The fact is, almost a third of students change their major at least once before graduation. 

Here’s how you can help your student explore their possibilities. 

Your student will do their best if they’re interested in what they’re studying.

To start brainstorming majors, encourage your student to make a list of the things they love and can see themselves doing for much of their life.

Drawing? Gaming? Hiking? Traveling? Writing? Analyzing? 

Many interests coincide with at least one major — and likely more. 

Career quizzes can help students pinpoint and compare interests and personality types.

Most quizzes offer career suggestions and provide information like salary, employment rates and the type of education necessary for each job.

Help your student consider what kind of jobs a major leads to and what those jobs look like from a lifestyle perspective. 

Where do they want to live and where are the jobs they want?

Are further credentials needed?

What skills do they want to gain along with their degree?

Your parental life experience and practical knowledge of the working world can help your student as they explore future careers. 

Ask them:

How much time are they willing to spend in school? 

What hours are they willing to work? 

Are they open to relocating for a job? 

How easy will it be to find a job in their field? 

By thinking through the day-to-day realities of professional life with your student, you can offer the guidance they need to decide on a major.

And remind your student that the skills acquired in college will always serve them, whether they find their dream job right after graduation or end up having multiple careers.