Your student’s choice of major:
- should be realistic
- should be enjoyable to him/her
- should be something in which he/she can do well
- can but does not have to be career-related
- can be complimented with a marketable minor
- Seventy-five percent of college students change their major at least once.
- There is a direct relationship between the college major and job upon graduation for only about 1/2 of all college graduates. Later in a graudate's career, the job is even less likely to be related to the his or her major.
- Employers are more concerned with the skills a candidate possesses than with the candidate’s choice of major.
When the student is deciding, parents should:
- be patient and supportive, but raise important questions and issues:
- “What classes do you enjoy most?”
- “Have you talked to your advisor or the Career Center about choosing a major? What was their advice?”
- “Which majors are you considering and why?”
- “Do you think you’re likely to do well in the major you’re considering?”
- encourage open discussion about majors/careers and the student’s interests
- not be judgmental about the student’s choices
- not make the decision for the student
Source: Harris, Marcia B. and Jones, Sharon L. The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning