Here’s a round up of the responses from a quick activity in a career/life planning class earlier today. The goal was to come up with the top career planning tips for figuring out a college major and/or career path.
- Pursue something you’re passionate about.
- Know yourself, your interests, and passions, and pursue them.
- Find out what you’re good at and consider pursuing it.
- Pursue something you’re interested in.
- Once you pick a major and career path, realize that it/you could change; more importantly, realize that that’s okay.
- Pick something you’ll be interested in for the long run.
- Just do something and see what happens – don’t be afraid to take risks.
- Take a career planning class if you’re undecided to get some ideas.
- Think about what classes you enjoyed in high school and build off that (fine tune your interests) in college.
- Think of what you enjoyed in high school and take related classes in college and reflect on it.
- Think about what you’ve done in the past that you’ve enjoyed doing – would continue doing even if you weren’t paid.
- Look up what you want to pursue and see if you like it – keep looking if you don’t find something at first.
- Pursue something that fits your personality and lifestyle.
- Pick something you’re interested in for the long term; look up and explore many different resources; realize options exist in places where you’re not at.
- If in college and undecided, take a lot of different classes; take general education courses to buy yourself time.
- Take time off to relax and reflect; but realize it’s not a vacation.
Here’s a round up of responses from a similar class activity the previous quarter.
- Make a pros and cons list.
- Be decisive and realistic.
- Think long term, not just short-term.
- Get advice from friends, family, and experts.
- Trust your gut.
Choosing a Major
- Do what you enjoy, consider what it pays, where it’s at, and if it’s reasonable for you.
- Test the subject out (e.g., take classes).
- In choosing a school to transfer to, visit the school.
Choosing a Career
- Look at your values.
- Consider work and family balance
- Research work aspects, skills and education required.
- Talk to people who look like they’ve got it figured out.
- Be rational; factor in your age.
- Conduct thorough research (e.g., do an internship).
- Set long term (evaluate stability factor) and short term goals (be specific).
- Be willing to sacrifice.