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Choosing a Major
Choosing a Major

Learn the Past Perfect Tense

Date: Sep 21 2012

Themes: School, Work

Grammar: Past Perfect Tense


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Before you can find your dream job, you have to pick a major. Your major is the main subject you choose to study in college. You might take some classes in other subjects, but most of your classes will relate to your major, and it will also be the subject you get your degree in.

For instance, a biology major might take a couple English and history courses. But by the time he graduates, he should have a broad understanding of the field of biology. He might go on to get a graduate degree in biology or a related area of study. Or he might start looking for a job in his field.

But getting a degree in a certain subject doesn’t guarantee that you will find a job you love. Some majors are more practical than others and have clearer career paths. For example, most pre-law majors go on to law school and eventually become lawyers. But a history or English major might have a harder time finding a job related to their studies. Find out what Devan and Jeff decided to major in.



但获得某学科学位并不保证你将找到喜爱的工作。相比其他专业,某些专业更注重实践,拥有更明确的就业方向。例如,大多数法律预科专业学生会上法律学校,并最终成为律师。但历史或英语专业学生要找到与其专业有关的工作可能会更困难。找出 杰夫 和 德凡 决定选择的专业。


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Devan:  What did you major in in college, Jeff?

Jeff:  It was basically multimedia design.

Devan:  So, seeing as what you are currently doing for a living isn’t related to your major, do you ever wish you had majored in something else?

Jeff:  Well, sometimes, when I’m broke. But I always knew I wanted to do something creative with visual art. I actually was initially a fine arts major, but I figured I could do that in my own time.

Devan:  Do you have a minor?

Jeff:  Yeah, I went the complete opposite route, and I have a business minor, which I have never been interested in, but I figured it would be a good balance. What about you?

Devan:  I majored in English, and I’m actually using my degree for that, so that’s nice. But sometimes I wish that I could go back and go for something different.

Jeff:  Something more like economics, or an accounting kind of thing?

Devan:  Yeah, something more practical, something that would look impressive on a resume and that would open the job market to me a little more.

Jeff:  So you’re broke right now?

Devan:  I’m always broke. English majors are always broke.


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Devan asks Jeff what his major was in college. Jeff says that he studied multimedia design. This includes things like web design and video editing. Jeff’s current job does not relate to his major. But he is still happy he studied multimedia design, because he is passionate about visual art.

Devan was an English major. The job she has now does relate to her major. However, she sometimes wishes she had studied something else in college. She says English majors never earn very much money after they graduate.

What did you major in, or what would you like to major in? Do you have a job that relates to your major? How did you choose a subject to study in school?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major is electrical … and i like it very much :-)

09:49 AM Apr 07 2014 |




Hello,I majored in English.I study linguistics and i couldn’t find any job.I’m totally broke

04:32 PM Mar 21 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major in high school is sience and i love it….

i’d like to study about nano technology and i like to be a pharmesist in future

actuly i like to be a pharmesist and beside that have informations about nano technology…....

08:09 AM Dec 02 2013 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major in high school is sience and i love my major toooo much…

08:09 AM Aug 19 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major was water engineering but because of my condition i had to change it !

at the first i was realy sad !!! but finaly i changed it to the economics . i love my

major because it is very tangible and practical :)

10:58 PM Jun 25 2013 |

no volvere

United Arab Emirates

i  Studied aviation and mechanical engineering and am doing a master in management/ And Am  working in power plant/ they say if u choose a job that U really love u won’t have to work everyday/ am the perfect antonyms to such thing / all I wanted is to be a professional swimmer / its a matter of start learning to love what u got instead of wishing for what u don’t have. .

11:23 AM Apr 28 2013 |




I am going to graduate from high school this May, and I want to major in Anthropology. I know it sounds not “practical” at all, but I can still find a job in this field because there are really few people choose this route. Of course I have little chance to find a well-paid job, but I don’t mind as long as I can live on it. There is still something much more important than money, such as what you love. 

09:09 AM Feb 14 2013 |

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robbie irawan


I have been working that different than my major in college.

08:10 PM Oct 16 2012 |



choosing a job which you like is very important for me .beacuse job can make you happy if you like .

08:37 PM Sep 26 2012 |



Russian Federation

I majored in English like Devan did and I am actually using my degree. But in Russia you are not absolutely broke if you know languages and of course if you have a wish to earn using them. So I teach English and German. Many others are more practical, I know, however I like teaching languages. So I have found my dream job!

08:10 AM Sep 26 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie


I’ve majored in sciences, especially biology and chemistry.. We have physics and calculus as minors… 

Majoring in sciences is not bad, I think it’s interesting, but you can’t guarantee to find a good job when you graduate in it, excepting if you are going to be a real scientist ..Laughing

At my school, I had also chosen biology, but my choice was for another major.. Unfortunately I couldn’t reach it.. 

10:06 PM Sep 25 2012 |



I would like to learn some about selling manager.

03:59 PM Sep 24 2012 |

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Persian Gulf Girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

WOW  a really nice site. Im new here and  I hope to improve my English by help of these very very useful lessons and all you nice people here. By the way my job  relates to my major.(Did I learn my first lesson well?)Smile

03:02 PM Sep 23 2012 |

i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

My Major is accounting , Really I was looking for studying something makes me more Optimistic  because my current work Now very different and hard .

you need a big  focus when you want to deal with the patients , Really work in the hospital very amazing you  need some specific skills , specially when you Know this job reflect about the humanity

02:36 PM Sep 23 2012 |

carmen SPAIN


My name is Carmen and i am from spain, and i want to have a friend for correspondance

10:20 AM Sep 23 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major is petroleum engineering but now i wrk in other field

it,s so boring

09:47 AM Sep 23 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my major is petroleum engineering but now i wrk in other field

it,s so boring

09:47 AM Sep 23 2012 |




actually i don’t have a major in college, but i want to work at accounting field.

07:31 AM Sep 23 2012 |

Evel Rown

Evel Rown


Actually my school does not need us to choose such major stuff, but I love acting and philosophyCool

07:22 AM Sep 23 2012 |




07:17 AM Sep 23 2012 |

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