Most Valley students need to make a major decision

Students must chose a major in order to transfer and the Career Transfer Center is here to help.

By Ana Ramos, Staff Writer

Every child is faced with that dreaded question from a parents or relative: “what do you want to be when you grow up.”

And, according to a recent Forbes Magazine article, most boys want to be a professional athlete, followed by “don’t know,” followed by firefighter, engineer and astronaut. Girls mostly want to be doctors, teachers, followed by “don’t know.”

At Valley College, the Career Transfer Center says that more than 60 percent of students are undeclared majors, meaning they are not sure what they want to be when they “grow up.” The Career Transfer Center is here to help. They recently held the first Undecided Major Workshop with one main goal: to help students find the right path to success.

“Workshops like these assist the students on exploring their likes, their dislikes, their interests, their skills, and their personality types,” said Clive Gordon, director of the center. “And we look to match it with the different occupations that are out there.”

The workshops are one of the many avenues students can explore to get help deciding on a major and exploring what they like now and what they would like in the future. In addition, students are required to pick a major before they can transfer, and it is mandatory to declare a major after completing 15 units or the student’s third semester in college.

Valley student Randy Rodezno attended last week’s workshop to help him decided on a major. Rodezno attended Valley a few years ago, stopped and then returned.

“It’s about time for me to decide,” Rodezno said. “And I hope to find this workshop somehow helpful.”

Peggy Bedevian, an intern at the Transfer Center, asked students about their interests and talked about possible careers that matched those interests.

“Undecided major workshops allow students to make their decision-making process somewhat easier,” Bedevian said. “It offers them a place to start thinking, but it also gives them a structure to start building a path.”

Gordon and Bedevian encourage students to visit the Career Transfer Center to help them figure out “what they want to do.”

“No one’s career journey is a straight path.” Said Bedevian.

One comment

  1. Yeah this article was needed. Because in these competitive and dog eat dog times in Southern California, students at every JC in this region need to realize that time waits for NO ONE.

    Got to declare a major and swim towards your career or you’re gonna be left behind. These employers and internship recruiters don’t want to hear no excuses, they want results and to see if you’re serious about your career(s).

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