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Having second (and third, and fourth) doubts...

monte224monte224 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
edited January 16 in College Majors
Hey all,
Since I was little I have wanted to be a veterinarian (for equines, specifically) and work around horses. I thought that I had my major all set
I have so many interests and they change allllll the time.
I set my major as psychology because I really loved my AP class and thought that was something I’d be interested in(and it still interests me. Stuff in that field just amazes me)
but I changed it to exploratory health and life sciences (I’m accepted into college already btw).

I just have no idea what I want to do for my career, and I’m having trouble trying to incorporate everything, or at least some things, I like into one career. I know that I don’t have to have a definite right this second, but I’m scared that when the time comes and it’s too late, I will still have doubts.
I ofcourse want a job thats going to keep my happy, and adventuring, but I also want a job that has great (high lol) pay.
(I want a job that keeps me around horses or funds my obsession for them haha)

I’m really interested in forensic psychology and criminal justice, but that isn’t high paying.
My cousin is a marketing executive for a makeup brand and her job looks so interesting, so maybe I could major in business/communications. Id love to be a CEO (wouldn’t everyone, lol) of a company that I like to morals of.

Any advice would be great! I know I don’t have to decide now, I just need some inspiration or maybe ideas on potential majors

**sorry that this is longer than I intended it to be**

Replies to: Having second (and third, and fourth) doubts...

  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,253 Senior Member
    The best way to figure out what you want to do is to try things. Maybe if you like your cousin's job, from the outside at least, you could see if her / his company has internships for the summer. You could see what it would be like to work in that position from the inside. You could also learn what skills you need to acquire to step into that sort of position after graduation.

    As for horses, maybe start researching the INDUSTRY behind anything having to do with horses. You might find positions in that industry that you like. Maybe a marketing position, or event management for shows or tracks, -- I know nothing about horses, but I do know that behind any industry, there's a world of jobs to support the industry, everything from administrative positions to vets to people nailing roofing tile on barns. The way to get into those jobs is a matter of 1) networking through friends (and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends) and 2) cold resume sends. Your career Services center at your school will have other ideas and leads for networking and professional development, such as resume prep and interview skills. Get thee to your Career Services office as soon as you can to get that started.

    Be prepared to make a starting salary when you exit college almost regardless of your chosen field. With few exceptions starting salaries hover around $30K-$50K if you're lucky they're at the high end. Also your location will help to determine your starting salary. Working your way up in the field will improve your salary.

    Best of luck to you.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,881 Senior Member
    "The best way to figure out what you want to do is to try things."
  • yucca10yucca10 Registered User Posts: 903 Member
    Just a few examples of people I know who work with horses and are not veterinarians:
    - running a dude ranch
    - child psychotherapist who does equine therapy
    - massage therapist who does equine massage

    I'm sure there are others. Research and maybe some of them strike your fancy. I won't say these people all enjoy high salaries, but they are certainly content and love what they do.
  • Dancer14Dancer14 Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    I'm having so many issues right now with figuring out what I want to major in, so I definitely understand feeling like you just have so many interests without being able to narrow it down. My take, at least for majors, is that I'm looking at course descriptions for each major at various schools and just seeing if they sound remotely interesting to me. For example, if you decided you want to be a business major let's say but you hated math and realize you have to take mostly math courses or something, then maybe that'll help you.
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