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Relationship Between Your Major and Your Career Path: Chapter Summary
Declaring a major can be a time-consuming and complicated decision for any student, especially as it relates to your future career. The importance of this decision can weigh on students, rendering it difficult to make a final choice, but with the right help and advice it doesn't have to be so tedious. Our trained guidance counselors and academic advisors have the tools to help you analyze majors and the doors they open to future careers, graduate degrees, or nontraditional degree programs. This chapter includes:
Choosing your major
Do you want to know how much your major will affect your career choice? Our experienced counselors can provide you with tips to choose a realistic major and can show you how to select career-focused degrees.
Deciding if you need a graduate degree
Once you've decided on a major, you need to consider what additional training may be necessary for advancement or salary increase. We'll offer you questions to consider to decide if you need a graduate degree or not, and we'll show you how graduate school plans will affect your major.
Evaluating nontraditional degree programs and career options
Have you decided that traditional degrees in math, science, or English aren't for you? Or have you thought that four years is too long and expensive to spend in school? We can help you find other options like obscure degrees, individualized studies degrees, and associate's and certificate degrees that lead you to a specific job in less time.
Exploring careers in particular fields
Some fields are so broad that students struggle to know which direction to go in their major. We can help you learn about degrees in science, math, fine arts, humanities, engineering and social sciences so you are well-equipped to make career decisions after graduation. We can also show you ways to pair your major with a possible minor to get the most out of your degree.
1. How Much Does Your College Major Affect Your Career?
What happens when your chosen major doesn't line up with the career you want to pursue? In this lesson, we'll look at the two types of knowledge necessary for career success, and how your major aligns with each of them.
2. Tips for Making Realistic Major Choices
This video will offer tips for making realistic major choices. In the lesson, you will learn questions to ask yourself that will guide you in finding major choices that are right for you.
3. What to Do When Your Major and Career Choice Don't Match
What happens when you figure out that your college major doesn't match up with the career path you want to be on? In this lesson, we'll look at the difference in major and career and how to get into a career that's not a match for your major.
4. How to Select a Career-Focused Degree
Choosing a major in college can feel overwhelming. Ideally, you'll be able to choose a major that matches up with your future career. In this lesson, we'll examine the relationship between career and major and how to choose wisely.
5. Do You Need A Graduate Degree? - Questions to Consider
Graduate school can be a great opportunity for some people, but it's not for everyone. In this lesson, we'll examine the costs and benefits of graduate school, how to figure out if grad school is right for you, and decisions to be made about attending it.
6. How Should Graduate School Plans Affect Your College Major?
Graduate school plans can play a large role in choosing a college major. In this lesson, we'll examine what graduate school is and how plans to attend grad school can affect major choices in two different scenarios.
7. Evaluating a Career's Cost and Benefits
Choosing a career takes a lot of thought. One way to consider different careers to to compare the cost and benefits of them. Watch this lesson to figure out how to determine the return on investment for different careers.
8. What Can I Do with a Humanities Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers
The field of Humanities is a broad field of human interest studies. There are many different directions students of the humanities can take when searching for careers after graduation.
9. What Can I Do with a Fine Arts Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers
This lesson will review different majors within a fine arts degree program. In addition to majors available, possible careers in the fine arts will also be investigated.
10. Careers in the Engineering Field: Typical Courses & Degrees
While there are many different fields of engineering, they all focus on design, development, and manufacturing. This lesson covers the details of many different types of engineering.
11. Careers in Math: Typical Courses & Degrees
This lesson will introduce students who are considering a major in mathematics to the types of degrees available. Careers stemming from mathematics degrees will also be discussed.
12. Careers in the Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
Natural sciences use the scientific method to investigate concepts and ideas. This lesson will review the many types of career options and coursework a student of science can expect.
13. Careers in the Social Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
Students interested in pursuing social sciences degrees will benefit from this lesson. We define social science, discuss typical courses, and identify common majors and possible careers related to the degree.
14. Nontraditional Degree Programs and Career Options
Nontraditional degree programs are programs that do not follow traditional degree paths or concepts. This lessons covers three nontraditional degree options, their coursework and possible careers associated with each.
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