Many students, when faced with thoughts of a future career, don’t really know where to start, so I always like to start at the beginning when having this conversation. Are you more of a math/science person
, or an English/history person? Or are you both? Then ask yourself, within my chosen “general area” of, say, math/science, am I more of a math person or more of a science person? Or am I both?
Once you know which area you’d likely want to focus on, go on Onetonline.org
(O-net) and read about various careers in the broad area that interests you. The O-net profiles will tell you what college major is required for you to pursue that career. You can then look at colleges to see if they offer those majors. Be sure the college you attend offers at least two majors that seem to interest you because most students change their majors and you want to be sure that you are at a college where there are subjects for you to study.
After the meeting be sure to send a thank you note
or email. This is called networking. It’s where you make a good business connection and then someday if they need you, they will reach out, or if you have another question for them, you can reach out. So be super polite and maintain a good connection by saying thank you.
You can have several or many of these meetings and people may even volunteer to allow you to see where they work for a few hours or a day, or they may be looking for an intern for the summer
–you never know. Career research like this really helps you choose your major–which saves you time and money!
We have a great career test on CollegeMapper that you can take to see which types of careers will fit best with your personality
. There are certain careers to fit every type of personality, so rest assured that a great, challenging, fulfilling job for you DOES exist. Just don’t stop asking questions until you find it!