Majors

How Career-Minded Are You?

One of the tools I use for college counseling is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In a nutshell, the MBTI gives high schoolers (and adults of all ages) a look at their preferences about life, which can lead to pointing them in the right direction for a college major and life’s work. It helped me ...

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College Majors and “Deskless” Careers

When high school students try to project themselves into a picture of doing their life’s work, what do they see? In my opinion, I think many, if not a majority of them, picture themselves in a career that allows them “freedom to roam.” Throughout the decades of my life’s works (note the plural form), I ...

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Personality Type = Good-Fit College Major?

The study of personality type and temperament can be fascinating. In my admissions counseling work, I use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (TM) (MBTI (TM)) to assess high schoolers’ personality preferences to see which direction in life may provide more happiness and success for them. By the way, if you’re curious about which type you may ...

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College Majors: No Minor Decision

Declaring a major is one of the most pivotal decisions students make during their college career. Yet, many make frivolous choices because they don’t put enough thought or effort into assessing which college major is a good fit. You may recall my ranting about my freshman year as a business major. Yikes. Other students (like ...

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College Courses and Careers

When do we finally grow up? That’s the answer most of us should have given when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think back to when I was 18 and ready to start my college career. I had no idea whatsoever which direction to go. I had vague instincts ...

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Weird College Degrees

I could have used some weird college degrees back in the day when I was an undergraduate. The default for me, because I really didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do, was Business Administration. My business skills were nonexistent. I’m really not a numbers guy and my first-year accounting course was sheer misery ...

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Early or Regular Decision for Aspiring Engineer?

Question: My son wants to apply to to a school that has a binding Early Decision. The school’s website says that if a student is deferred until the regular decision time, they are not biased against the student. He wants to go into engineering, SAT 1200 (CR & M), GPA unwt 3.75/wt 4.29, extra curr. ...

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Chem, Physics, or Bio for Future Business Tycoon?

Question: I am a Chinese student who is currently studying at a private school in Pittsburgh, PA. I just finished my junior year and am busy with selecting the courses for my coming senior year. Now there are three science courses that I am free to choose from – AP Bio, AP Physics C, and ...

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For Jobs, Timing Is Everything

What is the purpose of a college education? Ask most parents and they’ll tell you that it’s to equip our progeny for a job (or, more hopefully, a career) doing what sons and daughters are skilled and motivated to do.  I’ve dedicated a few posts here recently to the job market, citing economic trends and ...

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Navigating College Majors

For those of you high school seniors who haven’t applied to all your colleges yet, and for you high school juniors who are looking ahead to next fall’s application season, here’s a valuable Web site to help you with your strategizing and possible admissions chances improvement. College Navigator falls under the umbrella of the U.S. ...

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