College Career Planning for Job Security or Passion?

College Career Planning for Job Security or Passion?

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A good number of students admitted into college are very ignorant about their chosen career path. Many students have chosen courses that do not align with their strengths, just to enter a certain job market. While this may seem like a good strategy to today’s students, it more often than not fails since passion always outweighs logic.

Some students realize that due to doing poor research, they are in the wrong career path in their third year of college. It is, therefore, important that prospective college students first seek insight into their career choice and determine if it is what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

Get Involved

In spite of popular belief, college is not just about your GPA. While good grades are paramount, hands-on experience is the ‘x-factor’ that you need to understand your career path.

Join clubs that are course-oriented. If you are choosing environmental studies, for instance, choose a club that deals with environmental studies – say, science club.

Colleges are overflowing with clubs that mostly act as places for socialization. However, taken seriously, and especially in your first year of study, they will enable you to gain perspective on what is ahead of you and if need be, make necessary changes.

One word: Internship

Holidays are a time to get together with family after a hectic semester. The rest is good for the mind and soul. With the current competitive job market, however, one might need to interrupt their rest to catch up with the rest of the world.

Applying for internship used to be optional, but nowadays it is more than mandatory. Seek a letter from your college introducing you to employers to make it easier for you to secure placements.

While on an internship, learn as much as you can, ask questions and always get involved in the day to day running of the workplace. Avoid being the lady or gentleman that dashes for coffee errands; be assertive and respectful and you will learn so much more than you ever thought you could.

Hands-on experience allows you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in class to a real-world environment. Education ceases to be abstract; your knowledge begins to affect real people.

Keep it real

Of utmost importance is that you enjoy what you do every day you get up. If after all the internships and club memberships and good grades you still feel miserable, maybe it is time to look within and see what career path excites you.

Others realize it early, others grope in the dark for ages before finding it; what matters is that in the end, you did what you liked and changed the world in your way. So go for it!

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