One of the challenges in the college process for many students is identifying a major – or career path – that they want to pursue. A recent Penn State study shows that up to 50% of college bound students are “undecided” about their majors and up to 80% change majors at least once while in college. This indecisiveness can result in added college expenses as students must often take additional classes to fulfill college requirements for the major they ultimately choose.
Find your innate aptitudes and leverage your personal interests to identify a college major that’s right for you.
Certainly, deciding on a major – and a career path – can be a complicated and overwhelming process. From our years of working with students we recognize and understand this challenge. As such, we are proud to offer a service, specifically for our students, called Milestone’s Career Discovery Process. Through this comprehensive process, we can help students and parents make more informed decisions.
You may be surprised at what you learn. Many students – and parents – don’t necessarily recognize natural strengths.
The process utilizes an evaluation tool called YouScience. This online, scientific program takes students through a series of assessments designed to determine their unique aptitudes. Many of the well-known assessment tools we used previously focused more on students’ interests, but with the YouScience assessment, we can now go beyond what we already know and learn more about natural strengths and underlying potential. The YouScience tool uses a proprietary algorithm to match a student’s aptitudes and interests with over 500 careers and supporting educational paths. This in-depth analysis better enables us – students, parents, and advisors – to evaluate possible majors and career paths and help target potential colleges, too.