Category Archives: Majors

Changing Career Paths

Questions Answered: I’m a junior; is it too late to change my career path?

Changing Career PathsQuestion: I’m a college junior majoring in accounting. When I got to college I didn’t know what I wanted to major in so I picked accounting because my dad is an accountant. My grades are decent, but the more classes I take and accountants I talk to the more I realize I don’t want to be an accountant! I am pretty sure I want to pursue a career in higher education, maybe admissions or student life. I’ve been involved in res life almost my whole time in college and I really love it. What should I do? Should I change majors? Is it too late for that? ~ Tyrel H., Anaheim, CA

Answer: Realizing that you want to change career paths can happen at any time; in fact, it can happen several times throughout your life. Taking time to speak with professionals in a prospective career field, as you have done, can really help you make decisions about the career’s fit with your interests, skills, goals, and needs (financial, personal, spiritual, etc.). Interning or otherwise gaining practical experience in the career is another excellent way to determine if the career is a suitable fit.

When planning to switch majors, there is typically some amount of time and extra money that will be needed to make up pre-requisite courses and take the required courses for the new major. While this may set you back financially and in terms of when you graduate, in the long run, you will have saved yourself the potential emotional and financial stress of working in an occupation that is the wrong fit. Changing majors is an important decision, so speaking with academic advisors, career counselors, your parents, faculty/students in the new major, and professionals in the new career path is also important.
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Resume Phrases – Mathematics

As a mathematics major, you’ve probably spent a lot of time analyzing data, solving problem sets, and creating models, but how do you capture all of that classroom and math lab experience on your resume? Here are a few sample resume phrases to get you started: Thorough knowledge of statistical modeling, techniques and practices Formulated and analyzed mathematical models for […]

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Take advantage of faculty office hours!

Quick Tips for College Freshmen: Use your faculty’s office hours.

Yes, we’re really serious on this one! Most of your faculty set up weekly office hours.  Here are just a few reasons to meet with them: Ask specific questions about assignments or the course. Receive feedback on your progress. Get academic advising. If you’re interested in a their particular field or career path, you might be able to pick the […]

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Career Opportunities for Nurses in the Field of Public Health

Guest Author: Robert Jankowsky

As you are considering how best to approach a future career in public health, there are many public health classes online that can offer you a big picture of how the public health field is developing today. Because the field of public health is growing faster than many other fields in a continuing sluggish economy, when you first enter the field after earning your master’s or other advanced public health degree, it can feel overwhelming to pick a career focus.

After You Graduate…
Sometimes doing research before you graduate is the best way to strategize so you can pick your classes, internships, volunteer activities, mentors, and professional associations to guide your resume and your career path towards the aspect of public health you wish to specialize in. This is an invaluable strategy for a nursing professional who wishes to enter the field of public health. Learn here what types of career opportunities there are for nurses in this rewarding and rapidly expanding field, and consider where your interests, aptitudes, and skills in nursing may be leading you.

The basic role of a public health nurse is to build bridges; you will be building bridges between the public and lawmakers, medical professionals, researchers, organizations, corporations and administrators at many levels so that ever more effective prevention, awareness, education, intervention, and wellness information can be disseminated to those who need it and can benefit from it.

Putting Your Degree To Use
With your nursing degree, you will gain valuable information about the human body as it relates to common health threats, both preventable and unavoidable, and with your public health specialization you will gain the ability to use your knowledge each day to help people stay healthier and live happier, more productive lives. You can choose to specialize in a number of different areas, from disaster response to general wellness, high-risk populations, individuals and families or even whole communities. You may work on your own as a professional or consultant, or you may join a group or organization that engages the services of a team of public health nurses to promote and advance a specific initiative.
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