Americans in New York City and Philadelphia had mixed feelings on whether they regretted their college major.
“I was a criminal justice major and I regret it,” one woman said through laughter. “I really don’t like it. I would have probably done art.”
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But another graduate said: “I majored in computer science, and I would keep the same major.”
Nearly 40% of college graduates regret their majors, a Washington Post analysis found earlier this year. Among arts and humanities majors, nearly half wished they’d studied something else, while STEM graduates tended to feel they made the right choice.
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“I realized that my major wasn’t very specific,” an international business major told WHD News. “I don’t entirely regret it, but when I started applying for jobs, I realized it wasn’t like a specific field.”
“Most of the jobs were looking for a specific field like data analysis or like software or like accounting majors,” he continued.
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Some suggested alternative paths.
“I think going to a trade school would probably be better off,” one man said in Philadelphia. “I think right now the opportunities in that field are probably outstanding.”
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A few in the arts told WHD News they found their passion.
“I got a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater and I don’t regret it because that’s my job,” one woman said. “I live here in New York. I’m a Broadway actor.”
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