HOW TO CHANGE YOUR COLLEGE CAREER IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY WITH THE ONE YOU’RE IN
College in and of itself is difficult, so being in a career you don’t like is the perfect ingredient for failure.
Higher education demands time, effort, discipline, and money, but in return, it allows you to have a career in the future and be successful in something you love.
Pay attention to the emphasis on the last sentence: you have to like it. If you do not enjoy what you do and what you study, it is very likely that you will not put much effort into your training, and it will be more difficult for you to be consistent when the career and exams become more demanding.
Of course, it may also happen that you “thought” you were going to like the career you chose. It may be that you were always excited to see doctors on TV or you loved movies about pretty smart lawyers who managed to put the worst criminals in town in jail.
And it turns out when you start your career, you realize that the profession is very different from what you imagined and isn’t that interesting or requires a specific profile that doesn’t suit you.
If that is the case, the best recommendation I can give you is to change careers. There’s no point in being a professional in something you don’t like. Eventually, you’re going to quit, and, if not, you’ll probably never be good at your job.
That’s why we’ve made this article to help you make the switch smoothly and adequately.
First of all, you must know the consequences of the decision you’re about to make. After all, changing careers is not just anything.
The positive aspects are:
You’re going to avoid getting stuck in a job you don’t like.
You will better exploit your skills.
You will feel better about yourself.
You will be more motivated and energetic to face your studies.
As for the negative aspects, we have:
You will lose the time and money you already invested.
If you do not analyze well why your current career is not working for you, you may fail in the next one.
If you had a scholarship, you would most likely lose it, or it will not cover all your studies.
If you still want to make the switch, read on, and we’ll give you all the tools you need to make sure you make the right decision.
Evaluate well the reasons why you want to switch:
If you think like this: I don’t have time to study, I don’t like my classmates, I don’t like the method of some professors, I don’t like to write my paper by the exam, and other things like that, are feeble reasons to make the change.
Note that all these reasons depend primarily on you and your ability to adapt to your circumstances. In short, maybe there are things about yourself that you need to improve, or else you will have the same problem wherever you go.
Think very carefully about what college career you want now.
It’s not about choosing something that will make you money or sound good. It’s about choosing a career that suits your skills and tastes. You have to bring together your strengths and best sides with what interests you, and you enjoy doing.
It’s not as hard as you think, to prove it to you, I made a list of what you need to do to discover your ideal career:
Have a long conversation with yourself: ask yourself things like: what can I do for hours without getting bored, what excites me, what kind of careers do I admire, what sort of careers do I admire? If someone asked me what job I do, what answer would make me proud?
Now, talk to the people close to you: ask them what they think would be good for you, what strengths and weaknesses they see in you, what worked for them, and so on. Keep in mind that they will only give you an opinion; the final answer must be yours.
Know the educational offers at your disposal: research and contact the universities near you, find out the reputation they have with different careers, and their proposal. Remember that choosing the university you will study is as important as choosing the career itself.
You need to know that changing universities is also a good option. You do not have to stay in the same institution. However, keep in mind that some programs share classes that could easily be revalidated if you continue your studies in the same place, saving you time and money.
It is possible to get universities to revalidate what you have studied in others, but it is a little more complicated.
Go through the disenrollment process. Each institution has a different process, but you must generally talk to academy services to withdraw.
Once the academic record is submitted, within 48 hours, the educational advisor or mentor will inform the student about the courses that can be revalidated. The student approves the equivalency and subsequently, a personalized schedule is made.
However, don’t forget that changing your major involves more than just bringing the necessary documents. If you don’t want to make a mistake again, you must consider all the tips mentioned above.
And with that, you’re ready to change your major!