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Freshman Blues: 5 Smart Tips for Finding a Fulfilling Career (79 hits)

If youíre just starting out as a college freshman, it may seem like you have a lot of time left to decide on a career path. The truth, though, is that you should have at least some idea of what you want to do after graduation so that you can learn the skills that will put you in the best position to break into your chosen field. Here are five tips that will help you find a fulfilling career.

Start with Your Interests

While your career choice shouldnít be dictated entirely by your interests or passions, itís very helpful to work in a field you find engaging. Try to list out some of your personal interests, then find careers related to them. You might not settle on a career choice with this exercise alone, but it will at least help to get you thinking about some good options.

Take Advantage of Job Shadowing Opportunities

Many colleges have job shadowing programs for students. Through these programs, you can spend a day with a real professional in a given field and get an inside view of what that personís career is like. Take advantage of this opportunity, as it can help you develop a better idea of what you can expect in a career field youíre considering.

Talk to Other People at Your University

One of the many advantages of attending college is the opportunity to talk to others about career plans. By talking to professors, counselors and even your classmates, you can expose yourself to career ideas you may not have considered on your own.

Play to Your Strengths

While itís very helpful if your chosen career path lines up with your interests, it is absolutely essential that it lines up with your strengths if you are going to succeed in it. If you are interested in finance but arenít particularly good at math, for example, trying to become a quantitative analyst is likely a poor choice, as it would put you in the position of relying on one of your weaker skill sets. Knowing what youíre good at and what youíre weaker in is very important when it comes to choosing a career, so be sure to take your own strengths and weaknesses into account.

Donít Be Afraid to Change Course

During your college years, you may settle on a career path you intend to pursue after graduation, then reconsider it later. While you shouldnít be changing your mind every single day, thereís nothing at all wrong with a bit of course correction and possibly MCAT prep materials as you learn more about different careers. Ideally, though, you should try to go into your junior year with at least a general idea of what field you want to break into.

Finding a fulfilling career path can be difficult, but these five tips should help you narrow the list down and make a good choice. If you can decide on your career path while youíre still in school, youíll be able to start looking for work as soon as you graduate.
Posted By: Rachelle Wilber
Tuesday, June 4th 2019 at 2:00PM
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