Even if you’re completely sure about your choice of major, it’s still a good idea to explore multiple disciplines, and your freshman year in college is a great time to start. There’s usually less room in your academic schedule to fit in classes from other departments the further along you get in your major, so take the time to explore […]
Category Archives: Career Planning
Guest Author: D. Lawton
Planning your future career may sound a little bit daunting at first however it is an important strategy to get you working towards your goal and on the right track. This means one would determine factors that would have an influence on life such as short term, long term goals, personal desires or needs and possible limitations. The answer to the question, what is a career plan involves a comprehensive look at all of these factors.
The career or action plan is similar to a road map in which one decides on a specific occupation mapping out the direction to achieve employment in the chosen field along with long term goals. In order to create an effective planning strategy it is necessary to assess a number of factors and complete designated steps. Before you can begin, it is important to have an idea of where you will need to start.
We had the opportunity to interview Darcy Eikenberg, founder of career and success site RedCapeRevolution.com, about how college students can best make the transition from student to professional.
SC: Making the transition from college student to professional can be a daunting one. What should young professionals keep in mind as they make this transition?
DE: The most important thing to know is that even though you’re no longer in school, you’re still learning. Don’t believe the graduation hype that says you’re fully prepared for the world of work—you’re not. Yet. (Sorry.)
What you are fully prepared for, though, is to continue to learn and grow, and to discover and test new ways to apply your gifts and talents. In fact, many of the same rules that made you a successful learner in college still apply. Study hard. Ask questions. Play nice with others. Get involved. Get some rest.
You’ve been doing this for the past four (or more) years in college, so you’re already a veteran learner. Congratulations! Those who are constantly learning and growing are the ones who are succeeding in our new world of work.
College students will often reference a combination of reasons for choosing their major, including interest, job requirements, salary, etc. Making your major selection based on a combination of factors is expected – and a good idea. On the other hand, choosing your major based solely on one criteria can lead to frustration! Here are 4 BAD reasons to choose your major:
- Your parents made you do it
It’s great to have parental support for the major decisions you make, but if the only reason you are choosing a particular major, or career, is that your parents wanted you to choose it, you’re likely in for disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, your parents probably know you quite well, and their opinion counts. Just don’t base your decision solely on their opinion…or entirely on anyone else’s, for that matter.
- It’s what your best friend/significant other chose
You probably have quite a bit in common with your friends, but don’t assume that the right major for them will be the right major for you. That said, it can be really helpful to ask your friends about their department culture, course load, faculty and overall satisfaction with their major. If you’re unsure about choosing a particular major, this information may help you make a decision.