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How Do I Decide on a Major?

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Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you are ever likely to make, as the outcome will have a direct impact upon your career. Whether you have just finished your secondary education, or you’re thinking about returning to the world of academia from work, you may be asking yourself what degree you should pursue. We can’t answer that question for you but, fortunately, we can give you some advice that should help you decide on your major.

This blog is designed to help you find out how to get a bachelor’s degree by first showing you the decision-making process behind choosing a course.

With over 20 brilliant, business-oriented bachelor’s degree programs on offer at EU Business School, we want to make your decision as easy as possible, so we’ve broken the task down into four major directives:

1. Ask questions

Start by questioning yourself. A little bit of self-awareness goes a long way when you are deciding on what’s the best degree to get for you. We recommend trying to come up with answers for the following questions:

  • What subjects do I enjoy studying?
  • What subjects am I good at?
  • What are my strengths and my weaknesses more generally?
  • What careers might I be suitable for based on these evaluations?
  • Where do I want to study?

The number of students choosing to study abroad has increased significantly over the last quarter century. The Institute of International Education (IIE) revealed that, in 2019, more than 10% of undergraduates (10.9%) studied abroad at some point while completing their degree – and more than 50% of students who study abroad (54.9%) study in Europe.

Whether you want to study at home or abroad, or a mixture of the two through an inter-campus exchange program, for example, it is worth also asking people who have studied that subject/at that university/abroad what their experience was like to see if you think it’s the right choice for you.

2. Make a list of careers you think you might be interested in pursuing

Now you have evaluated your strengths and weaknesses, you are in a better position to decide on your major. The degree you select will have a direct impact on your future career, so make sure you choose carefully!

This will be easier for some people than others. If you are looking at becoming a lawyer, a nurse, or an engineer, you will need qualifications in that field. But what if you’re not sure?

Make a list of careers you might be interested in, e.g., business, banking, sales, and go away and research roles in those fields. Then, when you know more about their profiles, start to narrow your search down to a job title rather than the broader sector.

Look at current job specs online and see what degrees hiring managers are looking at for those positions. You might even be surprised by which majors are most sought after by employers these days.

3. Consider degrees in developing fields

Other areas to look into, if you’re not sure what degree you should get, are fields that are still developing or are experiencing high levels of growth. These industries often give personnel the best long-term prospects and job stability – plus, they tend to pay very well.

One of the biggest and most rapidly expanding industries is the technology industry. If you are interested in working in this field, you might want to look into specific areas of high demand, such as cloud computing. Why not take a look at some of our IT-based courses as your first step towards a high-paying role in this niche?

4. Look into teaching styles

It is important to find a method of instruction that not only suits your learning style, but also fits in around your other commitments. University isn’t just for new school leavers. Perhaps you are returning to study after an extended break, maybe you have a family, or you need to work around your classes. Whatever your life looks like, you always have choices.

Check out whether the following options are offered by the universities you are thinking of applying to:

When choosing institutions to apply to, you also want to study the course information very carefully. How is teaching delivered, how are modules assessed? If you know you perform better in your coursework rather than in exams, try not to take too many exam-heavy classes. Play to your strengths!

Moreover, consider whether this the best place you can study for this degree. Check out national, continental, and global rankings to see where the best university for what you want to study is located.

And don’t forget to check these things out if you’re thinking of studying abroad:

1. Language requirements

2. University and visa application processes

3. Course fees and living costs in different countries

Find your major with EU Business School

All of our bachelor’s degree programs are delivered in English on our campuses in the top European business hubs of Barcelona, Geneva, Munich, as well as online. Our pragmatic and experiential learning approach, which includes case studies, business simulations, company visits and conferences with world-renowned leaders, ensures our students excel in the business world. Our community of 100+ nationalities gives students a multicultural perspective, and our 27,000+ alumni provides networking opportunities around the globe. Intercampus and global exchange programs further enhance our students’ international experience.

Check out our downloadable brochures here and choose your major today.

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