Sometimes you don’t have everything figured out on your first try.

So, you think you made the wrong choice in picking a program? That’s okay. Don’t stress. Take into consideration that approximately 80 per cent of college students change their majors within three years of enrollment; there are many people in the same position as you.

But also, changing programs may not always be the right choice. Before you make your decision, take time to do some personal reflection to see whether or not you actually need to change programs.

Here are seven questions you should ask yourself before changing programs.

What about your program are you dissatisfied with?

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Take some time to reflect on the time you’ve had in your current program. It might be helpful to write down pros and cons list so you can weigh out the negatives and positives.

This may help you remember why you chose this program in the first place or it will help to see why you have to switch.

Will my previous course credits transfer?

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You worked hard on your courses, and going back to square one could be tough. One major question that you should keep in mind is how many course credits you can transfer to your new program.

If you have completed the first year of a program then you may have a few general courses like English or some electives that you can take into your new program. We would recommend you talk to your academic advisor for Humber or Guelph-Humber to see what courses will transfer.

What does the job market look like with this program?

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Does the new program you’re looking at have a high demand for workers? If so, this could be a great indicator of wanting to switch programs.

Job security is important and it can be comforting to know that you will be able to find a job in your field upon graduation.

How many knowledgeable sources have you talked to?

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Try talking to someone that has taken the program you’re considering switching for to find out what the experience is like.

It’s great to hear from the perspective of someone that lived the experience and has knowledge of the industry. Go deep and if they feel comfortable ask about their current day-to-day in the industry.

Will switching majors affect my ability to graduate on time?

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It’s totally fine if you don’t graduate “on time” as there’s no perfect way to do school. If you want to graduate during a specific time you had planned out, you may have to take summer courses to catch up.

You also have to take in the thought that this could cost more financially; however, if you receive financial aid you should see if it can transfer to your new program.

What do I need to switch majors?

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Again, talking to your Humber or Guelph-Humber academic advisor will really help in the process of switching programs.

In many cases to transfer programs, you need to provide all academic history and your transcripts. There may be additional materials like a portfolio or personal statements that you may need to put together for your application to the new program.

Why am I interested in this new program?

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Finally, you need to recognize why you are interested in this new program. Is this the lifelong passion that you want to pursue? Follow your heart while also weighing the costs of what it’s going to take to achieve your future goals.

Whether you end up changing programs or continuing the program you’re in, IGNITE is here for you.

We understand that this can be a tough decision and that there are many factors that come into play when making this decision. Humber also offers counselling services through the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre to help you through your program journey.


This process can feel overwhelming, but IGNITE can help with overcoming those feelings.
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