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Want to change my major, but have no idea to what?

MBel21MBel21 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Hello all, it's my third semester of college and I'm a 19 year old male. I am currently majoring in Communications with a focus in PR, but literally everyone online says that this is a recipe to not find a job, or that the major in general isn't good/respected. I've even looked up salaries and wasn't too impressed.

This is no good for me as I want to make good money out of college, the ability to get a job relatively fast, and have a respectable major/job. I understand it's very possible to be successful with this degree, but nothing is guaranteed from what I understand.

Because of this I was considering majoring in nursing or some sort of medical field, but I don't particularly love science. I am also considering business, but I don't particularly love math. I took statistics last year and finished with an A, but I'm sure it was because my professor was amazing, not me. I also have an A currently in this Bio class I'm taking, but the class hasn't been too challenging.

Based on what I've said, what majors should I look into? I want to change it before next semester so I can start working towards that degree. Also will changing majors set me back any time? Thanks for any suggestions.

Extra: I also don't have too many interest. I love sports and media related things, but I understand it's hard to thrive in those areas without connections, which I have none of in those fields.

Replies to: Want to change my major, but have no idea to what?

  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,550 Super Moderator
    Well, what do you consider a "good salary"?

    Once you are working, what you majored in in college (and whether it's considered "respectable") won't matter. I'm continually surprised at the majors of some of my colleagues - many of them seem completely unrelated to what we do now.

    Lots of people get jobs, and good ones, with a major in communications. But jobs aren't handed to you on a silver platter simply by virtue of finishing a bachelor's program. For example, you say you have no connections, but the way to get connections is to...make connections. Sure, some people are born with them and have an advantage, but most people make connections the old-fashioned way: they do internships, they attend networking events, they contact people. Are you trying to find an internship in your field this summer? If not, you should be.

    Even if you did want to change your major, don't rush into it. You can't make a snap decision and change before next semester if you haven't explored anything else...you'd need time to explore your options and maybe take a class or two in that area. Nursing requires a lot of prerequisites before you can get into the major.

    I think a better use of your time would probably be acquiring skills that can help you succeed in the workforce. Consider picking up a major in computer science or statistics, or taking a few classes. Get a part-time job that's maybe adjacent to your field. Definitely look for internships. If you go to college in or near a big city, join a professional organization in your field and go to meetings. See if there are conferences in PR or comms and see if your college will give you money to attend. Look up people in your area on LinkedIn and try to do informational interviews with them.

    Nothing is guaranteed no matter what you major in.

  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer Registered User Posts: 647 Member
    @MBel21
    "I took statistics last year and finished with an A, but I'm sure it was because my professor was amazing, not me."

    So it wasn't really interesting?

    No sin in wanting to make money, but it helps when you find the activity of interest. The application of Statistics opens doors to a very big world, but you don't like math? Statistics are widely used in the biological fields and just about every field of business. Making money is really hard work when you don't like what you are doing.

    If you have not already done so, have a conversation with your statistics professor.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 3,089 Senior Member
    I suggest that you go to the career services office. The counselors there are trained to help students find majors/careers/jobs and, since they have knowledge of what programs are offered at your school, might be able to help you design a course of study that taps into your skills and interests and also positions you to get a paying job out of school.

    My personal recommendation for someone with your skill set is law school, but most people think you have to go to a top school in order to succeed. I am living proof that you don't. I have always been employed and make a good living (with benefits including pensions from two companies) working for an insurance company. Like you, my talents lay in the humanities and communication arena and, like you, I found math boring and not worth spending my time on, although I did well enough when compelled to take classes. If your GPA is decent and you do well on the LSAT, you could get a scholarship to a decent, mid-level law school. I recommend focusing on a law school in the area where you want to practice. The companies and local firms that hire most law school graduates know and often have relationships with those schools. I know many people who work in related fields and don't practice, but their law degree makes them more valuable to their employer. Right now, we have a young man working as a law clerk at our office. He was a communications/English lit major in college but decided he didn't want to go into academia, so he applied to law school. He will graduate next year and last week, my boss announced that, as soon as he passes the bar and is admitted, he will join our office as a new associate. No, he won't make the salary that a white shoe associate will make, but he will have a good job, with benefits, that will be his to lose.

    Good luck. Try to think about where you would like to be 5, 10 years after graduation, not just 6 months...
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,083 Senior Member
    With all due respect @techmom99 law school, and prospects afterwards, back in the way-back days was different.

    - If you go into law, at a mid-level school, then be sure to graduate near the top of your class. Lower-tier schools graduate many people who cannot get work in a job that requires a law degree. They end up working in low-level positions, underemployed, and not able to pay off their school loans. The reason for this is because many schools started viewing their law schools as cash cows. They could charge huge tuition, graduate a bunch of students and many of them couldn't pass the bar and were unemployed/ underemployed.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/business/dealbook/an-expensive-law-degree-and-no-place-to-use-it.html

    Law school is one great idea but do your research ahead of time. Start on the Law School section of this website.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 3,360 Senior Member
    Go to your career center. Tell them what you said in your original post.

    No degree will guarantee a job.
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