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What is the best way to go about picking out a major? College is so expensive, I don't want to make a mistake.
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Great question! It's always tough to select the correct major that matches well with your future career. Please note sometimes it's very normal to change your mind on finding the right major/career choice for you. I think the best way to figure out your major is to write down things you enjoy doing and things you don't enjoy doing. Write out your ideal work environment and what type of enviornment you wouldn't necessarily enjoy. Once you have this mapped out, I would reccomend researching different career paths that match your likes. It's always good to explore, research, and even shadow a day in the life of someone so you can fully understand what the job entails. After you begin narrowing down your options for potential career options, begin researching majors your college offers that will best prepare you for that field. I woud also highly recommend asking professional experts on LinkedIn or schedule a coffee chat with someone at a specific company to discuss their recommendations for selecting a major. The more research the better prepared you can be to make a smart choice. Best of luck!     
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Picking a major for college can be very intimidating. You feel the pressure to make this decision that could impact the rest of your life. In reality, it is more common than not for college students to change their majors more than once in the course of their education. You may go in thinking you want to go in one career direction, but after taking some elective courses, you may find a new passion and want to go in another direction. In any case, do not feel like the decision you make initially is the one that you have to remain with for your entire time at school. Some schools have actually realized that students might not have everything planned out, and have created exploratory tracks so that you can take various classes over the course of a couple of semesters before you decide which direction you want to officially declare.
In determining the best way to pick a major, it's important to understand that things you like, don't always translate into careers. You may love playing the flute, but that might not be a career path you want to take. Look at your personality and understand the type of career which would suit you best, Would you like to be in a corporate environment? A desk job or one that has you out and about during the day? Set hours or flexibility that comes from consulting or your own company? These type of questions are ones which will help you narrow down your areas of interest and ultimately the major which would make the most sense for who you are. You can conduct informational interviews with individuals in roles that interest you and see what majors they had and any recommendations. The important thing is to not stress out because people change and so do their careers. Let college be an opportunity for you to really understand who you are and what motivates you. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 11, 2015
When making such a decision, keep in mind that the major you choose will, most likely, point you down a career path on which you will spend most of your life.  With this in mind, I highly recommend pursuing a major that could lead to a career in a field that you truly enjoy.  We often get caught up on what careers will provide the most income, and sacrifice doing something about which we are passionate because we want the higher paying job.  If you can find something that you are passionate about and enjoying doing, it no longer becomes work and your overall well-being will benefit.  Therefore, think about what it is that you are most passionate about and that truly enjoy doing and choose this path. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Monday, September 21, 2015
There is no easy answer. Many colleges today understand that incoming freshmen and their student body as a whole, have a difficult time deciding what they would like to do with the rest of their lives. I would take your time and really assess what it is you like to do. You need to find something that you are passionate about. You should  seek support from your guidance counselor at your high school, getting this type of perspective will allow you to assess your life and where you want  to end up. You could also consider entering into college as Undecided. Many freshmen enter as Undecided, this allows them to take their freshmen and usually sophomore classes to fill their general requirements.  Taking classes at a broad level, will help you understand your dislikes and your likes and narrow down your search to the right major. Even if you pick a major going into college, it is not set  in stone. Students change their major all the time! Lastly, you should talk to your parents and other peers that you are close with. Your parents and peers may have some insight into the path they can see you going down. Just remember, pick something that is going to make you happy, rather than something that is going to make you the most money
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