Five Signs That You Followed the Wrong Major and Career Path

  1. I Chose the College First and Foremost (not the Major, Degree or Career Path)

More many, the problem starts before they realize that they’re headed in a direction away from who there are and what they want. Getting into a good college trumps all else when we’re teens, most of us are not thinking far enough ahead to also think about good career decisions. We’re usually more focused on status and the idealized job, not whether we will like, or succeed in the career we choose. Although the question of what college to attend is important, it often over shadows a more critical question — which college major and career paths fit my personal strengths, traits, and talents?

2. I Didn’t Do Enough Research To Chose the Right Major

Studies show that about 75% of college graduates picked the wrong major to study. Once you get that degree, you’ve signaled to the world that “I am this.” So, your college major is by default your career choice. The problem is, you didn’t really do the hard work required to choose it. Most mid-career people admit, “I fell into my career . . . I followed something I ‘thought’ I was interested in until I saw it up close. It all seemed like a good idea at the time, but I was young and didn’t really know what I liked or what I was good at.”

3. I Wanted to Please My Parents

Young people are encouraged to focus their energy on getting into the best colleges and best companies, but no one is helping them decide what they want to be when they grow up. One of the most common reasons people land in the wrong career is to make their parents and friends proud.

4. I’ve been Waiting For Things to “Work Out Later”

Four years of college go by fast, and suddenly you find yourself in the midst of the chaos; but don’t freak out, it gets much easier to navigate the career terrain after you’ve dragged yourself to a job you hate for a few years. Oddly enough the more miserable you are now, the better. Why? Most people need to feel a lot of pain to get out of their comfort zone and make changes, other wise, they keep waiting and hoping for things to “work out later.”

5. I Was More Concerned with Status

For many recent college grads, finding a mate often takes precedence so appearing to be as high status as possible is highly desirable. Typically, most 20-somethings will intentionally endure a career mismatch until they hit “the big 3–0”. In fact a lot of 28 year olds are worried that 30 is just around the corner, and they still haven’t figured out what to be when they grow up.


Thomas is a co-founder of Formula Play — the 21st century answer to traditional assessments. Formula Play, through game-play, reveals traits, talents, and strengths, aka “superpowers” thus permitting opportunities in education and career to get students on a path to self-awareness, fulfillment, and

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