Tag Archives: Choosing a Major

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Questions Answered: I’m on academic probation; will I still get a job?

academic_probationQuestion: I am finishing my freshman year in college as a computer science major. I did really well in high school and have always been a good student (like 4.0 from sophomore to senior year in hs) but suddenly I am failing!! I am now on academic probation and if I don’t raise my gradse then I’d be kicked out! My classmates and parents tell me this will make it impossible to get an internship or get a job. Will this ruin my chances to get a internship or a job??? ~ Ju-won P., Portland, OR

Answer: First things, first. We need to determine the root cause of your failing grades. In the long run, employers care most about a continuous pattern of behavior. If this academic year is just an anomaly, (i.e., it never happens again), then the negative impact of this year’s low grades will be minimal. However, if you are not able to identify what caused your grades to drop this year, are not able to remedy the situation, and therefore continue with a pattern of low grades, then yes, your chances of finding internships and jobs will be negatively impacted.

There are many different reasons why grades can suddenly suffer. Here are just a few possible reasons why grades could suddenly drop and tips for pulling your grades back up.

1. Too much autonomy – As a first year student, you may be adjusting to having a lot more autonomy and not having teachers “nag” you about getting homework or assignments done.
Tips:

  • Consider working with your school’s learning center to develop effective time management skills that will match your needs and personality.
  • You may also want to connect with a trusted friend or family member to act as an accountability partner to help you stay on task.

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Questions Answered: Should I transfer to a different school?

sfu_gradsQuestion: A bunch of my friends from high school and I got together over winter break. All of them went to big universities in our home state, while I went away to a small liberal arts college in a different state. They were all teasing me that I would never find a job with my degree because I go to such a small unknown school. I like my school a lot, and have made a lot of friends, but it is super expensive. Since I got back to campus, I’ve been stewing on all the teasing and now I am seriously thinking about transferring next fall! If I ask people at my school, of course they will tell me it’s a bad idea. And if I ask people at the public schools back home, I’m sure they will tell me it’s a good idea! So I kind of need an unbiased opinion? Will going to my small school make it hard for me to find good employment? ~ Jenna T.

Answer: Transferring schools is definitely a big decision and I applaud you for gathering information before coming to a final conclusion. While I currently work for a small liberal arts university, I graduated from a much larger public university, so I can absolutely appreciate the value of both types of institutions. Let’s take a moment to consider the pros to each:
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Careers in Construction

What’s the Best Way to Build a Career in Construction?

Careers in ConstructionGuest Author: Emma Smith

With all the festivities of the end of the year behind us, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to make the coming 12 months count. Whether we admit them or not, we all make a resolution or two come December 31st, and branching out into a new career is always a popular ambition.
In the current economic climate, choosing the right industry is paramount as you want to enter into a field with ample opportunities and the versatility and fluidity to progress, which is why this year’s crop of job seekers are flocking to construction.

Construction has a lot to offer any ambitious, hardworking individual; from bricklaying to project management, there is a wealth of opportunities waiting to be snapped up. So how can you lay the foundations for success in 2014? By making your first step consulting recruitment experts like PSR Solutions, you can receive expert advice and access to the latest positions and training, and by following the advice of industry experts, you can make sure you’re putting your best foot forward when it comes to career success.

Making Education a Priority
There are many routes into the construction trade, but with a solid degree you can keep your options wide. Choose a course that is accredited by professional bodies like The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to ensure your education will help you get the right jobs. The project management and surveying sectors are going from strength to strength and a degree in the field will help you get your foot in the door.

The right degree won’t just help you enter into the UK construction industry; building and infrastructure projects are booming all over the world and the lucrative experience you gain in your education can get you in some fantastic positions.
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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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