Isn’t it interesting: Some sources try to make, or offer advice
on, your decision process for your major very simple as
1-2-3-4. While you and I can not disagree with specific
steps in their “quick-fix, instant” proposal, we can ask
is that all there is?
The basic frailty of simple ideas is that the world is non-linear,
unpredictable and constantly changing and we need to be
constantly learning and adapting. The “roadmap” will not be
so simplistically non-changing, but there will be changing
endpoints and detours.
In a recent example, Nathan Gebhard nicely points out (a)
set your goals, (b) following your passion is less important
than developing keen interests and refreshing them, (c) have
reality checks, and (d) whatever you pursue, be good at it.
Sure, all make sense, but there are practical measures that
might help things along–
1 pursue internships,
2 develop mentors,
3 don’t be afraid to fail as long as you learn from failing,
4 get broad exposure to many things,
5 develop an inquisitive curious mind, how to play on
a team and how to be likeable.
Adding these five practical measures does make it harder.
See Brian Tracy for nice descriptions.