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Choosing College Major Wisely

Q. I'm going into my junior year of college and I MUST declare a major and after two years in Liberal Arts I can't decide between about four different majors. How do I do that? I'm leaning toward social work because that's what my best friend is doing.

Ans. You can do better than that. John Liptak, author of College Major Quizzes advises that the best strategy is to find professionals who already have earned their degrees and are out in the workforce, and arrange informational interviews with them. You can learn about what that work really entails and whether or not you would be a good fit. They can be brief meetings in a parking lot, starting with friends, relatives, and neighbors. Be assertive enough to ask for their help, he says, and most will be gracious and glad to offer information. Also ask the Career Services Center at your college for suggestions, because they usually have a list of alumni that will cooperate. Use social networks, and when you do get interviews, ask many questions. Then be sure to take notes.



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