Do you feel obligated to pick a major based on how much money you might make? | The Tylt
Do you feel obligated to pick a major based on how much money you might make?
You know the lists. Forbes, MoneyWise and endless others all love to tell new college students what they should and should not major it based on the money careers in those fields might yield.
At the end of the day, students attend university in order to receive training for their future careers. Therefore, the goal when picking a major should be to create a foundation for beginning a career, whether that is predicted to be a lucrative one or not. As Forbes' Ashley Stahl writes:
And yes, there are certain jobs that require the skills affiliated with specified degrees, such as engineering, architecture, and computer science. But by and large, your college major is unlikely to have any bearing on your career success.
Success is not dependent on the major you choose, so you might as well choose something you enjoy learning about.
In a world of "$1.6 trillion in federal and private student loan debt as of March 2019," per NerdWallet, students aren't left with much choice as to what they ought to major in. With loans hanging over their heads, many students feel they must choose areas of study that will likely be lucrative in order to pay those loans off as quickly as possible. Some believe they must pick a major based off the economics of it all; anything else would be a luxury.
If you want to hear from experts about how to go about shaping your education and career, check out The Tylt's interview with best-selling author, David Epstein.
Epstein has already had a number of careers in his life and argues the best way to shape a lucrative, fulfilling career is to be open to as many areas of study as possible. His latest book, Range, hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, and for good reason. Click below to see Epstein's insight for young people as they consider their future.