I can't figure out what major I passion to, what should I do, and I don't know where I can get help

Leon Tan

Leon Tan

First time college applicant

future career plan, university plan, 

1 Answers

  • This isn't an easy question to answer. Not for me, not for you, not for anyone. That said, I'll do the best I can to answer what I see as two questions. First, I'll answer the last one: Where can I get help with figuring out my major and career? 


    Luckily, you have several options. You haven't said whether your in high school or already in college so I will try and address both:

    1. Your guidance counselor. High school counselors are there to help yo figure out what to do after high School be that college or a career. It's literally their job. They should have information on college majors and be able to offer advice. If you are already in college and just can't decide on a major your school should have career counselors available to speak to who can guide you. 

    2. A trusted teacher. Talk to your teachers, they have been in the same shoes as you before plus they know you. If you are already in college talk with some professors (or TAs) in the majors that you have some interest in (or just the ones that look cool). They can tell you what the major is like and what the career opportunities are. 

    3. Older siblings or friends. Talk with someone who has been in college or already has a job. Of anyone of your friends have older siblings they would be good resources. 

    4. Online. There are many guides and resources to be found online. The Princeton Review guide to choosing your college major seems to be a good one. 


    Alright, now that that has been addressed I'll try and give you my advice. It seems to me that, imo, there are 5 things you should consider when choosing a major or career. 

    1. Your aptitude for the subject and whether you like it or not. You really don't want to get stuck in something g that you are neither good at not like doing. For example, in my major, engineering, you will be doing a ton of high level math in school. So you better either be good at it or like doing it to survive. I didn't particularly like math but I was good enough at it to get by. In the real world you'll do a lot less math as an engineer so it's okay if you're like me. In the real world you'll do a lot of organizing and problem solving so you better be good at those things. Take stock of what you are good at and talk with people to find what major and career suits your skillset and interests. 

    2. You should consider whether or not the major/career you are interested in makes sense financially. Maybe you really love underwater basket weaving... But would a career in that be able to support you and a family in comfort... Probably not. Look at the salary ranges and earnings potential for majors that seem interesting. 

    3.How future proof your career is. There are careers that will be replaced by robotics and computers in the future. Make sure that what you major in will stick around. 

    4. The flexibility/freedom in a career. Maybe you are good at math and want to earn a lot of money so you think that finance might be a good career. You might be right but with a career like finance you will be expected to work crazy hours leaving you no time for fun. Look at what the working conditions are like (aside from money) in careers that interest you and make sure you can commit the necessary time. 

    5. Make sure you actually do need to go to college. Not everybody does. If you like building things with your hands you could be a machinist or a welder and only have to go to a technical school for 2 years, saving a ton of money. I know of machinists and welders who make more money than full time engineers so you can definitely have a good career that way. 


    I hope this was helpful. Good luck!