I Haven't Chosen a Degree Yet
What if I can't decide on a major?
The sooner you can decide on a major you would like to pursue, the better your chances are of navigating through a program without taking any unnecessary classes. There is a lot of overlap between different programs at TCC, but the only way to ensure that you don’t waste time on classes you don’t need is to work with an advisor toward a particular major. And, even if you do not know the exact major you want to pursue, if you can at least narrow it down to a type of program (A.A./A.S. degree, A.A.S. degree, or Certificate of Achievement), that will enable an advisor to provide better recommendations for classes than if you were completely undecided. Additionally, if you are planning to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree, knowing what school you are transferring to is also important in determining which classes you should take as part of your associate degree. In short, the best thing to do if you are unsure of your current and future academic goals is to start taking steps to try and figure it out.
The best place to start that process would be a Career Services office on one of the TCC campuses. The Career Services staff members are eager to provide you with resources for exploring different career possibilities. They also have tools that can help you assess your own values, interests and aptitudes that will be important considerations for a fulfilling career.
If you can decide on a career or even a field or industry, then you can begin to work backward. First, research what kind of education people in your field of interest usually possess, and then, determine what type of associate degree you would need to move toward that field or career.
In addition to the resources Career Services can provide, do not underestimate the value of real world experience. If you do not work, consider getting a part-time job in a field or industry that piques your interest. If you have time, consider volunteering somewhere or shadowing a professional in that industry. If you are a Tulsa Achieves student, consider using your community service requirements as a way to explore possible careers. Nothing will give you a better feel for how you might like a career than seeing and experiencing it up close.
Finally, do not neglect to get input from supportive friends and family. They know you better than anyone and may be able to suggest options you had not considered.