How to Choose a College Major (Hint: Don't Follow Your Passion)

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It has become a career advice cliche. When choosing a college major, the conventional wisdom holds, "follow your passion." But author Nathan Gebhard, who has spent the past 15 years talking to "everyone from CEOs to camel ranchers" about their careers, says that passion is something that develops over time. It is more important, he says, to identify and follow an interest, however small. We talk to Gebhard and other experts about what to consider when deciding on a major course of study.


Nathan Gebhard, author of "Roadmap: The Get-it-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do With Your Life" and co-founder and creative director for "Roadtrip Nation," a documentary series

Dr. Anthony Carnevale, director, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University

Dr. Kirsti Copeland, associate dean in Undergraduate Advising and Research, Stanford University