In college and not sure of my major? =/

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    Nov 06, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Is it bad that I'm a senior and I'm beginning to have second thought about my major? I'm an social studies education major and for years I thought I would love teaching, But I haven't had any actual teaching classes until this year (the other years it was social studies classes) and now that I'm in them I am starting to realize maybe it's not for me.

    What I could do is drop the education part and just graduate with social studies, but at the same time I do want to stick with it b/c I think maybe part of the reason I'm not sure is because it's all new to me and I'm having anxiety, so I don't want to be impulsive and switch if it is just anxiety.

    What are your opinions on this? Is it bad I'm at the level I'm at and am starting to get second thoughts?
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    Don't worry. We all have our doubts. Why don't you go ahead and finish what you are doing? Even if you graduate with an education degree, you will still have your social science degree, no?

    Why did you not like teaching? It may just be anxiety and doubts that are holding you back as you said.

    Where would you have better chances of finding a job? Even if you do graduate as a teaching major, you can still find other jobs.
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidDon't worry. We all have our doubts. Why don't you go ahead and finish what you are doing? Even if you graduate with an education degree, you will still have your social science degree, no?

    Why did you not like teaching? It may just be anxiety and doubts that are holding you back as you said.

    Where would you have better chances of finding a job? Even if you do graduate as a teaching major, you can still find other jobs.


    That's just the thing, If I become a teacher and don't like it, what else can I really do with an ed degree?
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    At least you're still fun?

    Eh, most people regret their majors.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    LOL. Same thing crossed my mind during my final quarter in college. I was burned out and had second thoughts about pursuing a career in my major. I think you should take a vacation after graduation. It will help clear your mind and then you'll be able to decide what you want to do.
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    Nov 06, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    I would say go for Communication. A lot of people think it's just an easy major, but it really is the most handy one you can have. Communication covers many topics and can translate into many fields. It's always good to go for a minor too. My minor in Business had many of the same electives of my Communication degree so it's like knocking out two birds with one stone. Go for it...
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    FunCollegeDude said
    commoncoll saidDon't worry. We all have our doubts. Why don't you go ahead and finish what you are doing? Even if you graduate with an education degree, you will still have your social science degree, no?

    Why did you not like teaching? It may just be anxiety and doubts that are holding you back as you said.

    Where would you have better chances of finding a job? Even if you do graduate as a teaching major, you can still find other jobs.


    That's just the thing, If I become a teacher and don't like it, what else can I really do with an ed degree?

    You could always advance your education and go for being a professor, or become part of administration, or go to a professional school. You can also work for facilities that promote and review education and education standards-state/national departments, book publishers, education service centers, etc. You could also work in human resource departments in companies in training new employees.

    Perhaps, more people with this major will give you advice.
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    Find out what things you're best at and sift that list for the things that will be most useful to you in life. It will always, always be better for you to have a bedrock of "my major makes me money" and then focus on chasing your dreams. It's infinitely more difficult to go the "socially fulfilling" route in college, find out it'll leave you poor, then try to go back for a useful degree.

    And a little tip from someone who teaches: unless you're seriously in love with it - eat, breath, and sleep with it - don't go into teaching. The rewards for being a teacher are almost entirely intangible, i.e. goodwill and social affirmation and making a difference etc.

  • LJay

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    Nov 08, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Finish your present degree course, especially since you are a senior. At least that will give you a marketable start. If you teach for a couple of years and don't like it, you are still young enough to change directions. In this economy, it is important to have an income.

    Look into the idea of getting a second bachelor's degree using some of your present credits as basic requirements. You can do this after you have one degree and it does sort of look impressive on a resume to have two bachelor's. Besides, you can explore another area.

    Education is not always just about making a living.

    Get to a Career Counseling Center while you can take advantage of whatever services your school may offer. Maybe they can help you sort it out.

    Still, finish the degree you are working on. Being "almost" a grad is not good.
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    I can't give you a clear advice because I don't know enough about the major you've picked, but what I can do is discuss what I am doing right now.


    For longest time I was indecisive about what career I wanted to pursue. I had ideas that I want to go to medical school, study nursing, or become a pharmacist. So I started taking a bunch of science classes. While I love science and learning new things, after 2 years I realized that it was not a right fit for me, so I switched to business.


    As I began pursuing business degree, I didn't know which concentration to pick, so my mother suggested accounting. So for past couple of years I've been taking business courses, many of which are related to accounting, and now I am having 2nd thoughts about it and think it's not exactly what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.

    With all that said, I am at point where I can no longer jump around from one major to another. I've already been in school for much longer period than most of my peers, which is okay, but I am at point where I just want to finish and get it over with. What I am thinking of doing is picking a 2nd concentration that fits best with college courses I have taken already. This will give me more flexibility and choices when I go search for professional jobs.


    So what I would suggest is to keep working at it. Since you're a senior, just stick with what you've picked, and if you can, work towards two concentrations, 1 in social studies and other in education. You might end up staying in school longer because of extra classes you will have to take, but you'll graduate with a great transcript that will only benefit you.


    Btw, you may be surprised in how many different ways you can apply your diploma when job hunting. In September I went to a job fair at my school, which had over 100 employers from a wide spectrum of industries. I spoke to many representatives from various organizations and I've learned a lot about them as well as companies they work for. This one lady from GE that I talked to for over 20 minutes told me how she graduated from college with a degree in arts and ended up working in human services department at her company.
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Do what you want while you can, man. Totally switched paths my senior in college . . . saw an above post that mentioned grad school. Look into it. In fact, take one year to teach and apply to where ya wanna go. If you end up liking teaching, stick with it. If you don't, go to grad school!

    Go with your gut!! It's usually right.
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    BlueEyesGuy saidDo what you want while you can, man. Totally switched paths my senior in college . . . saw an above post that mentioned grad school. Look into it. In fact, take one year to teach and apply to where ya wanna go. If you end up liking teaching, stick with it. If you don't, go to grad school!

    Go with your gut!! It's usually right.


    Unless you're in the sciences, or want an MBA, don't go to grad school unless you live and breath the academy.

    100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    I'm in the same position... Except I'm a freshmen. for years I wanted to become a history teacher so i decided to major in secondary education. But that all changed I than decided to change my major to International Relations/Pre-Law luckily because i am a freshmen i was able to change.

    Since your a senior i would say just finish with your degree and see how things pan out. you never know. you might love your job. So just wait it out and if all else fails. enroll again. That's what i would do in you situation.
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Larkin . . . i would say that for sure for any doc. work one would want to do, maybe some masters degrees . . . but not all. just throwin out optionsicon_wink.gif
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    Nov 08, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    Piggy-backing what some others said, college is meant to be the place for self discovery. Do what you like and what interests you. You're better off figuring out you don't like this now then 20 years into the field and having a "mid-life crisis" (which is totally fine). Tap into your resources and talk to an advisor.

    My advisor was awesome and I still keep in contact with her. I changed my major (biology/pre-med) to health science so I could, after graduation, get a 2nd (accelerated) degree in nursing and get a master's.
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    Nov 08, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    Your college is doing a huge disservice by holding education classes off until senior year, and now you see why.

    But keep this in mind: education classes generally suck all the fun and interest out of teaching. I can think of exactly 1 education class that I enjoyed. The rest seemed to be preparing more for grad school than for the classroom.

    I still don't enjoy most education classes, but I love teaching.
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    Nov 08, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    Kind of going through the same thing you are dude. I love sales and all but this whole business thing is really killing me. Just hope it is better next semester.

    Half tempted to be a stripper and be a writer...yea no....that wouldn't be good...would it? >_>