The Majors of Tomorrow

Do you know what you want to study in college?

How about what you want to do for your career? Some of you students might already know and some of you may be completed undecided.

I often explain to students that I work with that even if they have a good idea of what they want to study, it is likely they may change their mind when they get to college. In addition, when they get to college they may have the opportunity to explore a major that they haven’t even heard of yet. For example, your high school may not offer courses in anthropology or engineering. College is a chance to explore new academic opportunities.

Students are starting to focus on college at an earlier and earlier age. As such, it is important to remember that they may be preparing themselves for careers that do not even exist yet. This also means that as career opportunities change, major options may change and fluctuate. A recent article in Forbes talks about this subject and also recommends that for students to prepare for the future they should focus on things like learning a second language and programming skills.

What do you think will prepare you for the future?

The majors of tomorrow are unknown and that is exciting, but also a bit daunting.




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Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. It’s more than a bit daunting! I’ll share a personal story – years ago, my dad decided to study computer science. At the time, everyone thought that the big jump in computers was already behind, and that programming was not the way to go. Ha. LIttle did they know – it was an amazing career, despite all the naysayers. So now he always tells me to pursue my passions (well, sensible passions, not completely useless degrees) and not worry too much about what would be best in the future.

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