How To Pick A Career

It’s easy to forget why you’re going to college in the first place. You get so caught up with thinking about your newly gained freedom, you start imagining all the late nights you can spend out and about and how you can eat all the junk food your parents don’t let you have at home. But you’re going to college for one reason and one reason only: to study and get your degree. You’re not there to socialize, yes, it’s an important part of the college experience but your parents aren’t dishing out thousands of dollars a year to pay for your social life.

Choosing your career path should be fun and exciting, not something that seems like a chore. I love telling people what my major is and what I want to do with it. That’s the way it should be. If you’re ashamed of your major or unenthusiastic about it, then maybe you need to switch. But choosing a major isn’t easy, and that makes choosing a career path even harder.

Lawyer? Doctor? Teacher? Pilot? Accountant? None of the above? All of the above?

With so many options out there, your possibilities are endless. Although it seems daunting, sometimes choosing the right career path can be as easy as following these tips.

Know what you don’t want

Even if you have no idea what you want to do career-wise there are probably some things you know for sure that you’d never want to do. For example, I knew right away that being a doctor just didn’t appeal to me. You might feel the same way and know that writing, math or science or any other subject just isn’t your thing. Maybe your parent is a lawyer and listening to them talk and talk about their job makes you never want to take a law class in your life. Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what you don’t want out of a job than knowing what you do want.

Don’t listen to anyone else

Everyone loves to put in their two cents and give you their opinions on choosing a career path. It’s great to get different opinions but you don’t have to listen to all of them. It’s ultimately up to you what you want to pursue as a career. If your parents keep pushing you to be a doctor when you grow up and that’s just not something you want to do then maybe you need to calmly explain to them that that’s not an option for you or that you have other careers in mind. The main thing you need to keep in mind is that you’re the one that is going to be stuck with that job, not your parents.

Keep in mind some majors have more than one career option

There are a lot of majors out there that seem like they come with a built-in career path. Study political science, become a lawyer. Study English, become an English teacher. Study journalism, become a reporter. There is nothing further from the truth. A lot of majors come with hundreds of different options for a career. For example, if you study political science, you can do anything from going on to law school, to becoming a teacher, politician, writer, reporter and a lot of other things. Don’t feel like you’re limiting yourself because of your major choice. There’s a lot of options out there that your counselors would be more than willing to talk to you about. Also with social media and the internet being a much bigger deal than when our parents were first looking for jobs, there are a million more job opportunities in that area.

Keep an open mind

Don’t rule out some career paths because you don’t know much about them or think you can’t do the job College is a time to learn. For all you know, you might end up with a career that you didn’t even know existed when you first entered college.

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Melissa Espana

Melissa Espana

Melissa España is a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She hopes to one day write for a Chicago newspaper and have a group of loyal readers. When she’s not pursuing her dreams of being a reporter, she can be found at the Sigma Kappa house, watching reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” or correcting someone’s grammar.
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