How to decide on a new area of study
Find out what is out there—what programs are available to you –look at university program calendar
Clarify career goals and work backwards to help find a program that will support your future career vision
Think about your interests—which electives do you like? What did you like to study in high school?
Visit the campus books store- which books would you actually want to read in your spare time?
Take an interest inventory like the Self Directed Search at your career centre to help identify interests
Audit a lecture to get a taste of what the program might be like
Visit a departmental website—speak to departmental advisors and/or to find out about the program
Information provided by Yvonne Collins and Nathanial Jewitt, career counselors from the career centre at Carleton University
1. Make a Pros and Cons list to help you better decide whether or not switching it up is the right choice
-Potentially better grades
-More engagement and interest in university studies
-May be better aligned with career goals sooner
-May have to justify to parents and friends why you have decided to make the switch
-Could add time to your degree which may cost more money
-Could add to pressure to stick with new program choice
2. Signs that a student is probably in the wrong program
-Has sought academic support (study skills, essay writing, exam preparation help etc) but is still not performing well academically in courses in their program
-Is excelling academically in elective courses more so than courses in their program
-Is not motivated to attend courses in their program
-Is not relating as well with other students (have different interests) in their program as those in their elective courses—feel like a fish out of water
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