Once graduated in high school, the first most baffling thing to ever haunt the young adult life is this: how to pick the right course or career major. You know that this will be the first step in deciding your career later on. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right career major for you:
First off, know what you want. Ask yourself this simple question: what do I want to be 5 years from now? Where do I want to work? Visualize yourself in your dream jobs and assessment if you have the required skills for such aspirations. Most of the time, these things are not very far off. For example, if you always like drawing and you know that you can draw well, you might fall into a major that's connected with the arts. If you want a truly artistic career, you can pick graphic design, fashion design or interior design. If you want a more "industrial" path, you can take an architectural major or industrial design.
For added support, you can also take assessment tests. They are available in almost all high schools and colleges. Some are even available online! They are designed to identify the professions that match your skills and interests. They are, most often, accurate in determining which career major you're truly love, and one that you can consistently perform at. This is crucial since you do not want to get run over by emotions or whatever course / major is in the fad at the time that you are applying for a college.
Lastly, you need to take into consideration the actual learning requirements of the majors that you have in mind. When already acquainted a list, do some research about it and consider different aspects such as educational attainment, skills needed, working hours, deadlines and the usual compensation rate that it entails. Make use of books, newspapers, Internet and catalogs in finding detailed information. For practical reasons, you may also want to take into consideration the number of schools offering the major that you like (and deem perfect for you), the post-college requirements in order to establish a good career and the price of course. This way, you know that you can make the most out of the time that you spend in college and you do not end up "falling out of love" with your first choice just because there's a subject that you need to take in a different campus, requirements that could eat up your weekend nights, or because you have a feeling you'll always hate taking essay tests.
It is always best to come up with a list of at least top 3 choices for the major that you want to take up. If you get your first choice, if it fits well with all the given circumstances, then you're lucky. Otherwise, you will still end up with options where you are good at. Analyze all the factors and remember to always be realistic. Good luck!