Leveraging ReC3ON for Your Post-College Planning

You have a Major. Now What? 

 

By​ ​now,​ ​you’ve​ ​declared​ ​a​ ​major,​ ​and​ ​(hopefully)​ ​you​ ​enjoy​ ​it.​ ​But​ ​what​ ​comes​ ​next?

 

 

How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​translate​ ​a​ ​major​ ​into​ ​a​ ​career?​ ​For​ ​some​ ​people,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​easier​ ​than​ ​for​ ​others—their field​ ​of​ ​study​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​limited​ ​number​ ​of​ ​career​ ​options. But​ ​for​ ​others,​ ​there’s​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​world​ ​of​ ​careers​ ​and​ ​professions​ ​waiting​ ​to​ ​be​ ​explored,​ ​some​ ​of which​ ​you​ ​may​ ​not​ ​even​ ​know​ ​are a ​possibility. Getting​ ​the​ ​most​ ​out​ ​of​ ​your​ ​college​ ​education​ ​requires​ ​that​ ​you​ ​align​ ​your​ ​degree​ ​(and​ ​courses) with​ ​your​ ​career​ ​goals,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​never​ ​too​ ​early​ ​(or​ ​too​ ​late)​ ​to​ ​start.

 

If you know what you want to be when you grow up 

 

So,​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​career​ ​and​ ​a​ ​major,​ ​and​ ​you’re​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​your​ ​next​ ​steps.​ ​What​ ​should​ ​you​ ​do​ ​to make​ ​sure​ ​you’re​ ​on​ ​the​ ​right​ ​track​ ​(other​ ​than​ ​study​ ​and​ ​go​ ​to​ ​class)? If​ ​I​ ​could​ ​give​ ​you​ ​one​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​advice​ ​and​ ​one​ ​piece​ ​only,​ I would implore you to ​​confirm that the degree you will earn is actually what you need.  

 

I​ ​know,​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​obvious,​ ​and​ ​yet,​ ​I’ve​ ​had​ ​the​ ​pleasure​ ​of​ ​working​ ​with​ ​many​ ​students​ ​who chose​ ​a​ ​major,​ ​but​ ​didn’t​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​the​ ​degree​ ​they​ ​were​ ​seeking​ ​wouldn’t​ ​get​ ​them​ ​an entry​ ​level​ ​position​ ​in​ ​their​ ​proposed​ ​job​ ​field. A​ ​quick​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​needed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​job​ ​you​ ​want​ ​or​ ​a​ ​search​ ​for​ ​the​ ​profile​ ​of​ ​someone starting​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​career​ ​field​ ​you​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​determine​ ​whether​ ​you’re​ ​on​ ​the right​ ​track.​ ​This​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​employment​ ​search​ ​will​ ​also​ ​help​ ​you​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out​ ​whether​ ​you​ ​need any​ ​certifications,​ ​or​ ​if​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​internship​ ​could​ ​help​ ​you​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future.  Check​ ​out​ ​Career​ ​One​ ​Stop’s​ ​Occupational​ ​Profile​ ​Tool.

Have a major, but dont know what you want to do when you graduate?

 

Colleges​ ​have​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​majors,​ ​and​ ​you’ve​ ​settled​ ​on​ ​one​ ​you​ ​enjoy.​ ​But​ ​maybe​ ​you​ ​aren’t sure​ ​what​ ​you​ ​actually​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​that​ ​degree.​ ​Like​ ​everything​ ​in​ ​life,​ ​my​ ​answer​ ​is RESEARCH​ ​IT.

 

Most​ ​colleges​ ​have​ ​a​ ​handy​ ​little​ ​tool​ ​that​ ​shows​ ​you​ ​what​ ​you​ ​can​ ​do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​degree, check​ ​out this​ ​one​ ​from​ ​UNC​ ​Wilmington. Then,​ ​explore.​ ​Use​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​Career​ ​One​ ​Stop​ ​provides,​ ​and​ ​consider​ ​seeking​ ​an​ ​internship​ ​in​ ​a field​ ​that​ ​interests​ ​you.​ ​Take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​summer​ ​or​ ​semester-based​ ​work​ ​opportunities,​ ​and​ ​ask to​ ​shadow​ ​individuals​ ​in​ ​jobs​ ​that​ ​you​ ​find​ ​intriguing. Find​ ​more​ ​than​ ​one​ ​interesting​ ​career​ ​option?​ ​Career​ ​One​ ​Stop​ ​has​ ​a​ ​Compare​ ​Occupations​ ​tool that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​use.

 

 

It can all change, and thats okay.

It’s​ ​not​ ​uncommon​ ​for​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​change,​ ​and​ ​that’s​ ​okay.​ ​As​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​your​ ​interests and​ ​have​ ​more​ ​experiences,​ ​it’s​ ​natural​ ​for​ ​your​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​shift.​ ​Fortunately,​ ​for​ ​most​ ​majors,​ ​you will​ ​take​ ​courses​ ​that​ ​will​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​career​ ​fields.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​meantime,​ ​your​ ​job​ ​is​ ​to​ ​do the​ ​research,​ ​planning,​ ​and​ ​exploring​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​will land​ ​you​ ​were​ ​you​ ​really​ ​want​ ​to​ ​go.

 

written by: Jaime Boyle

2018-03-16T16:42:11+00:00

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