According to CareerBuilder, fully one-third of college-educated workers regret their choice of majors. And that is not surprising, given that CareerBuilder also found that 25% of high school students choose their future career based on something they saw on TV or in a movie. Of course it is disappointing to find out that police forensics is nothing like CSI…
Our current education system does very little to help students figure out what would be a good career for them. And the SAT and ACT tests do not provide any useful feedback. Even if you know you are good at math, do you want a job where you would be doing math all day? Most math is done for us by computers now anyway.
So, how do students figure out what would be a good career and major for them? Well, I am glad you asked :) In Chapter 3 of Never Pay Retail for College, I talk about gaining self-awareness in detail. However, for the sake of brevity, let’s focus on the behavioral self-assessment.
I have tried every behavioral assessment under the sun: Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, Kolbe, DISC, StrengthFinder and more. The one I found to be the most valuable is the Birkman Method. It identifies how we are hardwired, in what career we are likely to thrive, and which majors support that career path.
And college major regret is not the only thing that a behavioral assessment can help. If your child decides to switch majors or, worse yet, schools, it can easily add a year of additional schooling. And that translates into a big expense.
So, I highly recommend that students get a behavioral assessment to ensure they choose a career and major that is a good fit with their personality, interests and styles. Everyone will benefit in the long run.