HOW TO CHOOSE UNIVERSITY MAJOR?

You feel worried not knowing what is the most suitable major for you in terms of interest and ability? You feel sad because you don’t really have a passion? This article will help you answer most of the things you worry about choosing a major and knowing your passion, AND, to tell you that it is totally OK if you don’t have a passion at this time. (Want to know why, read till the end!)

PART I: HOW TO CHOOSE A MAJOR THAT SUITABLE THE MOST WITH YOU:

1. Write down all the subjects you don’t like, so you can exclude some related majors first. For example, if you do not like biology, then you may not be interested in the field of medicine.

2. Use Hedgehog Concept. Take a white paper, draw 3 circle like the under picture, respectively: what you are good at, what you like, and what society needs. The intersection point between these three factors will be your ideal career. 

For example, you find you are a responsible and meticulous person, you are good at statistics, you are more logical than emotional, then you can think about majors related to business (eg: Econ – finance, accounting, business management…). Those jobs/majors are what you are good at. Still, the best option is a major that harmonize both your interest and abilities.

P/S: If after doing this method and you successfully found your ideal job, you may not need to refer to these following steps.

3. Study in the system of Liberal Art schools. Liberal Arts students will be exposed to many subjects in different fields, instead of just delving into a specific field. Therefore, Liberal Arts students are compared to global citizens, capable of changing themselves to suit all working environments.

4. Study a major that is general, for example, business administration. In the study progress, you will learn more about which field you like, and then continue to choose minor subjects in that field. When you study, you can do an internship, part – time job, you would gradually understand which job is suitable for you. After studying this major, you would have a wide range of career choices.

5. Do some online personality/career test: 

To choose the major suitable with you, besides your experience at home and school, doing some projects in different departments to understand which job do you good at and like (design, content writers, communication, logistics,…) you can also do some online personality/career test. Here are two most popular:

– Holland Codes (Career Test): https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test

– MBTI (Personality Test): https://www.personalityperfect.com/test/free-personality-test/

6. Consult your parents. Anyway, your parents are experienced and want to be good for you, so listen to their opinions, and make the right decisions.

PART 2: IS IT OK TO NOT HAVE A PASSIONATE CAREER IN YOUR LIFE ?

The answer is absolutely okay!

Most of the people I know do not actually have a passionate career, but they just have hobbies (traveling, golfing, …) They cannot turn these interests into jobs for many reasons, such as capacity and job opportunities, or they simply just like them as a hobby but not as a job.

Many people in the world have a passion for travelling

So the job we do is not necessarily a profession that we are passionate about, but just don’t get bored with that job, find joy in the job. High salary, friendly colleagues, psychic boss, etc. So, if you don’t have passion, don’t worry or be sad about this, because so many people are like you. 

🡪 Do a job that gives you a good salary so you can spend money on your hobbies!

PART 3: CONCLUSION: 

Life is unexpectable, many people unluckily realize they do not like the majors that they are studying. But even so, you should not drop out of college, you can change to another major, learn an online course, but should not stop studying for a college degree. While college is not the only path to success, it will make your career easier than without it. There will always be job opportunities for those who know how to perfect themselves every day

In fact, if you want to change to jobs in field of business, tourism, communication, marketing, human resource, etc, it will be less difficult for you if you have to work in the wrong branch (For example, you study engineering but you don’t like it so you change to become a digital marketer) because these careers do not require much university academic knowledge as medicine or engineering. They are more about soft-skills and work experience, and you can easily find many online courses with certificates or internships to learn about them.

In conclusion, the only way to know your passion is to experience more and be ready to embrace new challenges.

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