LAVC offers Workshop for Undecided Majors, who need to choose a major by the 2014 fall semester.
by: Jackie Carter, Staff Writer
Declaring a major is no longer optional and will become mandatory beginning in Fall 2014.
In order to register for classes students must declare a major, maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, have 100 units or less, and complete a Student Education Plan. These new requirements go into effect this Fall per state law AB 1456.
The Career/Transfer Center presented a one-hour workshop for Undecided Majors on Tuesday, March 26 to show students a step-by-step process on how to choose a major/career and to formulate a plan of action for success. The process consists of three major steps: Defining an issue or concern, conducting research, and taking action.
Defining a career issue or concern is only half of the process; students must also make a commitment to do something and be able to identify what sacrifices or changes will be necessary in order to complete their goals.
Making sacrifices is a big concern for undecided major Jorge Ruiz who has always wanted to become an LAPD Officer.
“It [the workshop] really opened my eyes that there will be sacrifices that I have to make,” said Ruiz. “Do I wanna hang around with my friends every weekend? Even family, you know, I think you would have to leave your family to pursue your dreams and to go on.”
Do some research. While it is important to make career choices based upon interests and skills, there are other things to keep in mind when selecting a major: what is the job outlook for that field? How much education/time will be necessary to complete your degree? How competitive is it? This information was included in the workshop.
The final step is taking action. Deciding on a major is a process; students must decide now what direction they want to go in, how to handle any obstacles in their paths, and what resources are available to them.
Declaring a major is a benefit that includes priority registration. “Students who have declared a major are more focused, get more meaning from their classes, get better grades, and transfer faster,” said Clive Gordon, Director at the Career/Transfer Center Counseling Department at Valley College “I strongly urge students to come out and let’s finish this together.”
Counselors are available in the Career/Transfer Center by appointment at (818) 947-2600 ext. 4200. Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 am – 9 pm and Friday from 8 am- 2 pm in the Student Service Annex.
“Coming to the workshop was very helpful,” said Ruiz. “It really gave me guidance, and I’m gonna tell a lot of people about it.”