Picking a major might be a daunting task, especially for adults who want to go back to college for a drastic career change. With the current employment market shifting toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields, you may be asking yourself what you will be doing in the next few years.
Regardless of what you choose, here are five reasons why it’s so important to pick the right major for you:
1. Save time
Rather than going to school to dabble in a number of liberal arts areas like you did when you first went to college, now is the time to pick an area of study and stick to it. You’ll not only save time, but you’ll also save money and show prospective employers that you’re devoted to your new career choice.
2. Majors matter
If you want to travel the world and take care of people in need of medical attention, you probably shouldn’t pursue a major like engineering. You may want to earn a master’s in public health, because workers in this field oftentimes fly to third-world nations and work with doctors to provide care for people in need. In general, many people find themselves working outside of the specific fields they studied in college, but it is important to major in something that caters to your broad skills and interests.
3. Use your skills
Even if you’re making a drastic career change, that doesn’t mean your skills won’t transfer. If, for example, you’re currently employed at a major corporation, you could use your leadership skills as a boon for your new position, whatever it may be. Plus, a number of schools let you transfer your live experiences, such as past jobs, toward college credit.
4. Know who’s hiring
If your primary goal for earning a master’s degree is to get a job or a promotion, your major should depend upon who’s hiring right now. Do some research in your community or a city where you’d like to move and talk to potential employers who could steer you in the right direction. If you show some initiative, they may even hire you once you graduate with a new master’s degree.
5. Pick something you like
Don’t settle for a career or major choice based solely on current demand. Make sure you actually like this field of study before you decide to not only go to school for it, but potentially do it for the rest of your professional career.