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Profitt Report: Balancing your passion with profit, choosing a college major

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College freshmen and sophomores, you have a big task in front of you: choosing your major. That specialized area of study will determine your career after school, where you live and a lot more.

“I've always loved writing and books,” said Sarah Martini, a sophomore at the University of Michigan-Flint. However, Martini was willing to explore other interests.

“I tried clinical science, it did not work for me, it's totally opposite of what I’m going for now,” Martini said. Now, she’s gone back to her original passion for books and she’s majoring in English, specializing in writing.

This decision isn’t so clear cut for every student and that’s where your college counselors come into play.

“I help students, undecided students, move from undecided to decided,” said Jeff Simms, student success specialist at Mott Community College in Flint.

He said the first thing to know: tons of students are undecided their first few semesters, even years, at college.

“What are your interests, what are your skills, what things did you like in the past? Did you like working with your hands, would you rather be working alone or working in groups?” Simms suggested.

If you are unsure of the answers to those questions, Simms suggests MyNextMove.org. You can take tests to see which career path is right for you.

Once you land on a career path, Simms suggests job shadowing people in that career to make sure the reality of the job jives with you.

According to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, these are jobs expected to really take off through 2024: physical therapist assistants, industrial machinery mechanics and personal financial advisors among many more. Click here for more information.

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