Choosing the Right Major


You’re ready to start your future, but not sure what you want it to look like? Are you struggling with choosing a degree plan or major? It can be hard making these decisions, but we’re here to give you some practical advice to help you along in your journey.

Reflect on Your Interests and Goals

Take a moment to reflect on your interests and goals. What subjects excite you the most? What do you envision yourself doing in the future? Consider your hobbies, skills, and what makes you happy. Are you drawn to hands-on work or do you prefer a more academic focus? Asking yourself these questions will help you narrow down potential majors and find a path that aligns with your passions and long-term goals.

Connect Your Interests to Careers

To choose the right major, it’s essential to connect your interests and goals with potential careers. Let’s say you’re passionate about helping others and interested in healthcare. A trade degree in Practical Nursing can lead you to a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Or, if you’re intrigued by technology and enjoy problem-solving, a degree in Computer Network Management could open doors to becoming a Network Administrator. Research different careers, job prospects, and average salaries to see which aligns with your goals.  

Explore Trade Degrees  

Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College offer degrees that provide practical, job-focused education. These programs are designed to equip you with the skills needed for specific industries. Are you interested in healthcare? Consider programs like Nursing, Medical Assisting, or Dental Assisting. Programs like Powerline Technician, Gunsmith Technology, or Precision Agriculture might be a great fit if you like to work with your hands. Trade degrees are excellent choices if you’re eager to enter the workforce sooner and pursue a rewarding career in a hands-on, in demand field. Plus, you may benefit from the Last-Dollar Scholarship, making tuition for your trade degree free!  

Consider Transfer Degrees  

Do you want a career that requires more than a 2-year degree? Transfer degrees allow you to complete general education requirements and transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. If you have a passion for subjects like Business, Psychology, or Education, you can start your journey at MCC or ECC and seamlessly transfer to a university. This pathway offers affordability and a smoother transition to a 4-year university. Talk with your academic advisor to understand the transfer requirements and ensure your credits will be transferable.  

Seek Guidance and Explore Resources  

You’re not alone in this decision-making process. Reach out to academic advisors at MCC or ECC to discuss your options and seek their guidance. They can provide valuable insights and help you navigate through the available programs. Take advantage of online resources, career assessments, and informational interviews with professionals in fields you’re considering. These resources will provide you with a deeper understanding of different majors and careers, helping you make an informed choice. 

Choosing Success at MCC or ECC  

Choosing your major is an exciting opportunity to shape your future. Reflect on your interests and goals, explore trade and transfer degrees, and connect them with potential careers. Seek guidance from advisors and utilize available resources to make an informed decision.  

The right major can set you on a path to success and fulfillment. Advisors at ECC and MCC are ready to help you succeed!