Youthink PS

Fall 2012

Youthink PS is Western Canada¹s post secondary resource guide for high school students planning on attending university, college or other Canadian post secondary institutions and is distributed to 400 high schools across BC and Alberta.

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How to Approach Choosing Your Major By Joy Lizette Aguilar – Churchill Secondary, Vancouver BC D you a better sense of where your true passions, strengths and interests lie. eclaring a major is a big decision that must be approached with care and contemplation. Your major will equip you with the knowledge and skills that are necessary for your future career and in turn, your career will determine the way that you lead the rest of your life. If you have no clue as to which major you should pick, or if you are encountering difficulty in selecting your major, make sure to consider the following tips: Identify your interests, strengths, passions and dream occupations By taking these four factors into account, you will be able to more easily pinpoint your ideal major. Your top prospective careers should correspond with your interests, strengths and passions. Above all, the perfect major is a reflection of all four factors. Keep an open mind The ideal time to declare a major is during the YOUTHINK.CA p13-18_YPS-Sept12.indd 13 Determine the lifestyle you want Your vocation will play a significant role in the direction of your life. Some people are OK with a job they don't totally love if it comes with a high salary. Others would rather have an occupation that they are passionate about, even if it doesn't offer substantial income. Choose a major that will give you the skills to pursue your top career options. second or third year of study, which means there is plenty of time to be adventurous in your freshman year. Engage in extracurricular activities, ranging from student government to varsity sports. Participate in paid and unpaid internships. Remaining open-minded will give Consult others Survey different opinions and listen to advice from a variety of people, including your friends, relatives and acquaintances. Perhaps one of them has completed a major that you are interested in obtaining and will impart some helpful insight? If you have any questions regarding the concentrations that you would like to specialize in, do not hesitate to pose questions to an academic adviser. FALL 2012 > YOUTHINK PS > 13 12-09-05 9:33 AM

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