Thursday, January 26, 2012

About majors and careers...

Yesterday I participated in some online FAFSA training, and I could've written a FAFSA three-peat (Don't fear the FAFSA and Fill out the FAFSA yet?), but let's take a break from that, shall we?

I've seen a few articles recently highlighting the link between majors and careers and what that might mean for the student's future. (I even wrote a post about it awhile back-- Are you doomed to high unemployment because of your major?) Given the nature of the economy right now (especially for recent graduates) it's easy to see why a central theme here is how that major choice can negatively impact job options.

We're in a serious state of change right now. I didn't graduate from college that long ago (even though it doesn't feel that way), and I have friends who are currently employed in jobs that did not exist back then. Does that mean they picked the wrong major? No! What it means is that they used their education, stayed current, and kept themselves competitive.

They also love what they do.

Here's the thing-- if you don't love what you do, then you won't love doing it. If you pick a major just because it pays well, can you stay interested in it? The beauty of being in high school or college is that you have the freedom to explore all different kinds of careers. If you have access to a career counselor, I would highly, highly suggest you make an appointment and take some quizzes and interest inventories. (If not, this is another area where we consultants are a great resource.) If you have an inkling, take a look around and see who you or your parents might know in that position. Don't be afraid to ask for an informational interview. Many adults are perfectly willing to take the time, but you'll never know if you don't ask. 

Whether you've submitted your applications already, or you're gearing up for it, take some time to think about the things you're interested in or really love to do and how that could be a career choice. College is too expensive to just free-wheel all four years, but you can still discover what you're meant to do. 

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