Seventy-five percent of college students change their major at least once.
There is a direct relationship between the college major and job upon graduation for only about 1/2 of all college graduates. Later in a graudate’s career, the job is even less likely to be related to the his or her major.
Employers are more concerned with the skills a candidate possesses than with the candidate’s choice of major.
When the student is deciding, parents should:
be patient and supportive, but raise important questions and issues:
“What classes do you enjoy most?”
“Have you talked to your advisor or the Career Center about choosing a major? What was their advice?”
“Which majors are you considering and why?”
“Do you think you’re likely to do well in the major you’re considering?”
encourage open discussion about majors/careers and the student’s interests
not be judgmental about the student’s choices
not make the decision for the student
Source: Harris, Marcia B. and Jones, Sharon L. The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning