Thursday, September 22, 2005

Who cares about a college major?

Though most of my freshman appointments of late have revolved around their first year experience course, aka Prelude, self assessment assignment, the second most commonly raised issue is—-

What Should I Major In? I met with one person this week who had changed his major within the first week. Quick thinking on his part.

But the fact is with varying degrees of angst, as you may know from reading my posting advice from a senior, around 70% of all freshmen change their major that first year.

Before getting to the nitty gritty of selecting a major, some people wonder if it even matters what major you choose. 

Consider, for instance, the history major who wound up designing and installing computer networks. Or the Spanish education major who handed back her teaching contract in favor of a job doing accounts receivables. Or the former teacher who became a lawyer. And those are just a few of the hundreds of cross-overs I’ve seen over the years.

On the other hand, if you consider an employer poll conducted by NACE last year, choice of major is evidently an important consideration in hiring decisions.

So, it looks like the verdict is still out. From my perspective, the more a student learns how to learn over the course of his/her college career, the more facile they’ll be in mastering the ever changing knowledge base in any future field.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/22 at 11:56 AM
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