Tips for Choosing the Right Major to Not Regret Life

Jakarta – A survey that was held by ZipRecruiter America, shows the regret that alumni from several universities. They expressed their regret because of low pay when they worked.

So how to anticipate and avoid such a thing? In truth the data shows that student who felt that they regrated their decision to enter a certain major is around 87%.

Psychologist from Universitas Indonesia Dr. Eva Septiana, M.Si. said that the feeling that student felt that they entered the wrong major can cause individual feeling of hopelessness with own ability, uncomfortable with the situation that can lead to postponing assignments and in the end it can lead to deterioration of mental health.

Further effect can be “Very dangerous” to individual that has given up and can’t feeling productive on solving their problems, and in the end can lead to increasing number of unemployment because they are held by negative emotions so that they can’t adapt to what they have chosen for themselves.” Eva Said.

Before regretting, what can be done to choose the correct university major? Is it already correct or not? See several tips below.

Looking for own self.

Finding Out About Yourself

Eva said that based on Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey, there are three main things that high school students should prepare in choosing a college major, namely finding information about themselves, finding information about the career environment, and evaluating several alternative choices that have been imagined.

“First, find out about yourself. This includes our strengths, such as not procrastinating, being sociable, honest, being able to explain things effectively and efficiently, and so on,” says Eva.

In an effort to understand our strengths, we can answer the question “What is the easiest thing to do? What do we usually get praised for the most? Then, what makes us superior to others?”.

Eva revealed that as a human being, ideally one should not feel perfect, aka having shortcomings and advantages. Such as difficulty managing emotions, forgetfulness and so on.

“Well, to understand our shortcomings, we can answer the question “What are the things that are really difficult or challenging to do? What are you most often criticized or given feedback for?”. It’s ok to be not ok,” said Eva.

Not only that, one also needs to understand their interests. To find out what interests you, you can answer the question “what kind of activities do you like the most or feel the most comfortable doing?”. What needs to be understood is that the journey of knowing oneself, finding out about oneself, is a lifelong journey


Writer: Penulis: Hasna Hafizhah Salma, S.Psi. & Dr. Eva Septiana, M.Si., Psikolog

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