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Major Crisis?

When I first came to college, I was torn between three vastly different majors. Through help from Career Planning, my family, and the Intro to Marketing course I took my freshman year, I decided to become a Marketing Major and get my Bachelors of Business Administration. Choosing a major is not something that is simple, yet it is not permanent, so don't feel like because you chose one thing you have to stick to it

There is a Friday in March that the Registrar's Office dubs as "Declaration Day." It is pretty much worth the hype it is given. You get a free t-shirt, entered in for prize drawings, and even get candy and cookies. What's not to love? It makes choosing your major not such a daunting task. 

You still have a little while before March (and if you cannot wait until then to declare stop into the Registrar's Office) so here are a few tips to help you ultimately decide on your future career choice.

1. If you are entirely unsure of what you want to do, utilize the Institute of Career Planning. This office will give you opportunities to take career tests, talk about your options, and even set you up on a job shadowing experience. This is a great opportunity, and it helps you to weigh the pros and cons of what you wish to do.

2. Write down what you interests, passions and values are. This will help you to choose a path in which you enjoy and one that aligns with your personality. Try to locate majors that are cohesive with this list, and then research that career path more closely. This helps to ensure you will do something you love. 

3. Job Shadow--as mentioned above Career Planning can assist you in finding someone to shadow for a day. This helps you to get more into the environment that could be your future job, and lets you see first hand if it is for you or not. 

These are just a few tips, and if you are really not sure, do some research into your interests and talk to professors. Don't put a lot of pressure on yourself, the right job is out there for you! 

-Mary Kate