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Parent's Guide to College and Careers by Barbara Cooke

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CHAPTER 6

Choosing a College Major

Many young people experience great anxiety about choosing a college major. This is because they confuse choosing a major with choosing a first career. For many students, choosing a major becomes a once and for all life-or-death decision that will determine career happiness for the rest of their lives. Who wouldn’t be ambivalent faced with such a choice? Who wouldn’t want to put it off as long as possible?

Simplifying the Process

Here is an activity that will help you and your child de-stress about choosing a major.

Take the list of college majors at the school your child is attending. Sort it into two lists.

In the first list, write down any major that can be converted directly into a job title at the bachelor’s ...

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