Do you dread The Question? You know the one... "What is your major?"
Fear not. Many students start their collegiate career without a major. And still others will change their major at least once before graduating. It's not unusual, and it is not a bad thing.
If this is you, here are some ideas to think about when thinking about your major:
Focus on taking the required general education courses.
Many of the competencies courses give introductions into various fields.
- Note which courses appeal to you. Is there a pattern?
- Evaluate when the course is completed. Was it interesting? Do you want to know more?
Visit the Center for Career and Vocation
Request an appointment or call 419-358-3030 during office hours.
- Assessments can help affirm or discover skills or interests you may have that relate to a career.
- Meet with professionals in the CCV to develop an individual plan for identifying a major and future career.
Meet with others in fields of interest.
- The professor who teaches the course that intrigued you can help you better understand the major and future career opportunities.
- Persons currently working in that field. This may include Bluffton alumni through the Alumni Mentoring Network.
Seek opportunities to confirm your interests.
- Get involved on campus. There are more than 50 organizations from which to choose!
- Job shadow or seek internships, summer jobs or volunteer work in an area of interest. Contact the CCV for assistance.
- Get paid to explore your vocation through grant opportunities offered at Bluffton.
- A major and a job are not one in the same. There are a variety of careers available to liberal arts majors. Waiting a year to declare your major may be one of your wisest decisions.