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Job versus Career: What's the Difference?

People usually choose their careers according to their interests and abilities. The old adage "you always find time for the things you enjoy" certainly holds true when you are pursuing a traditional or online degree and planning a career path.

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If you have a passion for a specific subject, or perhaps a natural talent in an area of study, the chances are you will be extremely motivated and hard-working towards earning your degree in that field. College can provide you with the opportunity to expand your interests and passions and combine them with the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in the work force.

Choosing a Major: Does it Limit your Opportunities?

Both the online and traditional college experience can be a time of tremendous growth, both personally and academically. It can and should be a voyage of discovery. You will have the opportunity to choose courses which interest you and which perhaps you had never considered taking before.

Take time to think about what you enjoy doing. Do you have a vivid imagination? Are you a gifted musician or artist? By using self-examination and honestly listening to yourself, it may open up a world of possibilities.

At most colleges and universities, you won't have to declare a major until after your sophomore (2nd) year. Unless you are planning on a career in medicine or engineering, the first two years of study will most likely be filled with basic required courses and electives. The bulk of your courses related to your major will be completed during your junior and senior years.

There is no reason to panic if you don't know what you want to major in when you first enroll in college. By keeping an open mind and taking full advantage of all the courses available to you, the choice of a major should become easier and clearer after your first year or so.

Learning is a lifelong experience and your college years are just the beginning of the journey. You will be exposed to many different thoughts and ideas, meet people from all different backgrounds and cultures, and hopefully will gain a sense of curiosity from which knowledge and achievement will grow.

Even if you think you know what you want to study, be flexible and open to new challenges and possibilities. The end result might just surprise you!