Mistake 8: Not Considering Lifestyle When Choosing a Major

At College Factual we encourage student to pick a major based on their natural strengths and interests. Meaning, a major is a great fit for you if you are both interested in it, and have a natural ability and inclination for it. 

That being said, another factor to consider is your desired future lifestyle and career goals. How much money must you make? Do you want to travel for work? Do you mind having an irregular schedule? 

There are some majors that almost always require a post-secondary degree to continue in the field. So for example, you typically need a masters or even a Ph.D. to become a licensed psychologist. An undergraduate degree in psychology often leads to further study, but if you decide not to pursue an advanced degree you have to be prepared to make your major work for you in another career field. 

Many people would love to become a teacher, but depending on which area of the country you live, teachers in specific subjects can either be extremely high in demand or low in demand. Are you prepared to move to pursue your dream career?

Degrees in the health professions are usually popular, and are often in high demand and can pay quite well. But many positions require you to work irregular schedules or be on call sometimes. Is this something that will bother you?

After learning more about what majors match your natural abilities and interests, do some research into expected salaries, and hiring trends, especially for the area in which you would like to live. This will better inform you about what major truly is a great choice for you and confirm your decision.