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Selecting College Majors

Four Tips for Your College-Bound Teen

By Elizabeth Venturini, College Career Strategist

With high tuition costs and a tight job market, today's high school student needs to have a college career plan before they leave high school—not after they graduate. Without one, students often flounder in college, take useless classes, and change majors because they never really knew what they wanted to study in the first place. Here are four tips to help your college-bound teen to graduate with a marketable degree in a competitive job market.

Get Help When Deciding a College Major

Before students’ research one college, take one campus tour, or complete one college application have them complete an interests assessment to learn about their interests, likes, dislikes, values, work, and learning style. It is highly recommended students take it if they are approaching the middle of their junior year and need help deciding a college major.

The Importance of a Double Major

The job market is flooded with new college grads who selected majors that offer little chance of employment or return on investment of their education. Help your student research their chosen industry for employment projections, education required, years of experience, major tasks on the job, and starting salary. If they still intend to major in a degree that offers little chance of employment or a low salary students should double major in a field that can provide an income until they are a proven professional in their chosen occupation.  

 

How to Avoid a “Mistake” Major and the Power of a Minor

A well-rounded person is a more marketable person. Great communications skills, knowledge of technology, and the arts greatly compliment a college degree.  Students should look at the following minors: computer science or IT, business, technical/business writing, public speaking, music, art, or foreign languages.

Today's stressed-out parents are faced with the daunting challenge of preparing their kids for college in addition to finding a rewarding job after they get their degree. Skip the drama and get expert advice from a professional who can guide you and your teen with selecting colleges/career planning and the financial aid process, so you and your teen can save precious time AND money.

Today's stressed-out parents are faced with the daunting challenge of preparing their kids for college in addition to finding a rewarding job after they get their degree. Skip the drama and get expert advice from a professional who can guide you and your teen with selecting colleges/career planning and the financial aid process, so you and your teen can save precious time AND money.