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3 College Major Stereotypes and the Truth Behind Them!

3 College Major Stereotypes and the Truth Behind Them!

college major major selecting a college major Jan 25, 2022

Just like the stories you hear about high school stereotypes, there are a lot of college stereotypes out there. These stereotypes might lead some to question facts about college, from if fraternities only exist to throw parties to wondering, is college hard? But what about college majors? Your major is going to decide what classes you will take and the people you will spend your time with over the next two to four years (or more). Not to mention, your career path. Let’s take a look at three college major stereotypes to uncover the real truth behind them.

English Majors Have No Job Prospects
A typical college major stereotype is that English majors have no job opportunities after graduation. This stereotype is not just limited to rumors on campus but is commonly believed by parents and family members of English majors. If you are interested in pursuing an English major, you will be relieved to know that this stereotype is nothing more than a myth. English majors actually have a wide range of options after graduation. There are English-based jobs in just about every field, from business to law. Some prospects just after graduation include copywriting, editing, freelancing, grant writing, library science, marketing, publishing, social media, and writing. In addition, English majors can be the basis for further education in various fields, including law.

Early Childhood Education Majors Glorified Babysitters

Another common stereotype is that early childhood education majors take the “easy way out” and only want to become glorified babysitters. The truth is, early childhood education majors are making a conscious choice to dedicate their careers to nurturing the development of young children. Did you know that some of the most critical stages of brain development that impact a child’s ability to learn and develop social skills happen in the first five years of life? Teachers at this stage help parents nurture young minds and educate both the children and their parents on important developmental goals. This might include providing emotional support or teaching children to love learning.

Psychology Majors Only Become Counselors

Many people assume that psychology majors are only focused on becoming counselors and are always psychoanalyzing the people around them. Honestly, this notion is just silly. If you were going to school to become an accountant, you wouldn’t ask every person you meet about their finances. On top of that, most majors have a wide variety of job options. While a counselor might be one job in the field of psychology, there are many other choices. A psychology degree may help graduates obtain employment in event management, business, writing, marketing, therapy, and many more. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to college stereotypes. To put it simply, don’t believe everything you hear about college major stereotypes. If you are concerned about entering a major because of rumors, do some research to obtain the actual facts before
swearing off it.

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