How to Choose Your Major

by Mary E. Ghilani


According to research, half of all students change their major at least once during college, foreshadowing an indecisiveness affecting career choices upon graduation.

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July 2017


Pages 236
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/Careers
  Current Events and Issues/Education

Guide students through the career decision-making process as it pertains to college choices with this manual that helps students identify interest, skills, and values; conduct career research; and prepare for a profession after graduation.

Entering the workforce after college can be scary to say the least, especially if a graduate is unprepared or ill-equipped to seek out an appropriate career path or job opportunity. This practical manual dispenses invaluable tips, strategies, and advice to students preparing for the job market by guiding choices impacting academic courses, fields of study, and future marketability. Author Mary E. Ghilani wisely describes how college majors relate to employment and introduces the eight "Career Ready" competencies sought by employers in new graduates.

Written by a 25-year veteran in the field of career counseling, this guidebook helps students undecided about their future navigate the intimidating journey from college to career readiness. Content explores the best strategies and tips for choosing a career, ways to overcome common career indecisiveness, suggestions for careers based on personality type, and the latest employment projections and salary figures. Chapters for students with atypical circumstances—such as older adults, veterans, those with criminal records, and those with special needs—examine the unique paths available to them as they define their skills and launch their careers after graduation.


  • Features personal career stories of several well-known individuals
  • Introduces a five-step schematic that illustrates the career decision-making process
  • Identifies the best careers for your personality style
  • Lays out the steps involved in choosing a major
  • Illustrates the relationship between college majors and careers
Author Info

Mary E. Ghilani, MS, NCC, is the director of career services at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania, where she provides career counseling and job search services to college students and adults. Her published works include Praeger's Working in Your Major: How to Find a Job When You Graduate; Second Chance: How Career Changers Can Find a Great Job; and 10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce: Career Advice for Anyone Who Needs a Good (or Better) Job NOW as well as numerous career-related articles. Ghilani is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.



"Excellent in filling the gap for high school students without access to college counselors or interest/aptitude surveys. Students early in their college careers may also find this title beneficial."—School Library Journal


"The author brings clarity and confidence to a process that is often confusing and stressful to college students. Her straightforward, no nonsense advice streamlines the decision making dilemma even for a person who is undecided about choosing a future major and career."—Dr. Janet Wall, Founder,

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