Choosing the Right Career
As a college student, you’ll have a lot of different career options. There are literally hundreds of college majors to choose from, so it’s natural for students to worry about choosing the right career.
So…what is the right career choice? It all comes down to what your interests are. According to the The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), on avearage, most people have around 14 jobs by the time they turn 40.
Now that you are a college student you probably have worked for at least a few different part-time jobs. But not it’s time for the real deal. No more fast food restaurants. No more retail jobs. It is time for choosing the right career and landing your dream job!
Below I will provide you with some helpful information to help you get on the right path to finding the right career.
- Money Expenses
If you are attending college or will be attending college, you need to make sure you know how you are going to pay for your tuition. Many students apply for student loans and use the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/).
Don’t be afraid to try applying for scholarships and grants. Scholarships and Grants will help out a whole lot when it comes to paying for college. College is not cheap. Check out Scholarships.com to help find some scholarships for you to fill out and apply for. Any money helps!
- Be Flexible
No matter the job title, employers want flexible workers. Which means that they are looking for problem-solvers with good work habits, positive attitudes, communication, and teamwork skills. Many jobs want employees to do more than one role, which means employees need skills in multiple areas or a willingness to learn. I am sure many jobs you have already had require you to do more than one thing so you should know this already that you will be learning a lot. Also being available to work any day of the week will be a help to the company. You can’t be picky when it comes to work. The more availability you have, the better.
Get involved with an internship, even if its just one. Getting experience is a great thing to have. If you are going to school for journalism, find internships that you can get involved in like working for a newspaper, a TV station, etc. Any experience will help you in the future when it comes to getting the job you want.
Get out of the classroom and into an internship. It will give you of an example of what it is like to work in that field and it see if that is really what you want to do with your future career. “Learning by doing” will give you a better appreciation of the job than learning through textbooks.
So ask yourself these questions:
- What are my interests?
- What do I do well and why?
- What kind of personality do I have?
- What are my values?
- What is really important to me?
You don’t have to live forever with any career decision you make in these phases of student career planning. Remember to not put too much pressure on yourself to make the perfect decision, and always keep your eyes open, and use all available resources in your journey to choosing the right career.