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!