As the end of the first semester approaches, we as senior level students are one step closer to graduation. For most of us, that means one step closer to post-secondary education. Choosing a career is one of the most challenging decisions we’ll have to make during this time of our lives. It’s been said that 80% of students will change their program major at least once. There are so many internal and external factors that influence that statistic. We have far too many changing factors which contribute to this confusion but here are just a few.
Parents/Guardians: I think everyone’s parents or guardians have voiced where they envision them in the future. Doctors, lawyers, and teachers alike. Whether it be following after their footsteps of doing more than what they could have at your age, parental input plays a huge factor in program choice. Regardless of that source of uncertainty, at the end of the day, it is your life.
Money: University is not all cheap nor is the cost of living. 79% of students choose their program because of the job rate afterwards. Imagine how versed careers could be if there were jobs available for what everyone wants to do. If you are very passionate about a certain field there’s always some work that you’ll be able to find, even if it is niche, even if it pays a bit less; but that’s the choice you’ll need to make.
Grades: At the age of 17 we’re all so concerned about percentages as we’ve been taught that our grade point average will define what we can do with the rest of our lives. There really doesn’t seem to be enough time in high school to try enough of the right courses and experiment but you need to prioritize giving yourself more time to figure things out.
The overall message here is that you may not get your program choice right the first time but that’s normal. At the end of the day, you’re still young and will have lots of time to make up your mind. To all senior students I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors in post secondary school and hopefully you can choose the right program for you.