Changing One’s Mind about College Major


Angie writes:
I am a sophomore in college and I had been majoring in mechanical engineering. I realized that I don’t like this major at all and I don’t want to be doing it for the next 40 years of my life. I have no idea what I want to do. Can you suggest something that will help me in my search for a new major?


The Career Doctor responds:
Hi Angie. . . relax you’ve taken the first – and perhaps most important – step which is realizing that you have made a mistake and you need to look at other possible careers to find something that better suits your unique skills and attributes.

My best suggestions is for you to take advantage of the advice and resources discussed in my article Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path. My article takes you through a six-step journey that should lead you to greater clarity and direction about your future career. I also include lots of resources – from self-assessment tests to career guides – in the article.

And the most important piece of advice? Don’t panic. Yes you are a sophomore but if you do change your major a lot of your courses should count as prerequisites for your new major though you may need to take an overload or some summer courses to stay on course for graduating – but it is certainly not too late to be making these decisions.
Good luck.