I recently watched this short and inspiring TED Talk by Matt Cutts about trying something new for 30 days. You might be asking yourself how on earth does this correlate with finding a career or picking a major. I would then tell you simply that it does, though on the surface they seem dissociate. One of the major things we do in our office is help students figure out their major, minor, and passions; which segue into possible careers. I am not saying you need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to figure out what you want to do but it wouldn’t hurt to join rock climbing club, you never know if you like something till you try it.
Here at UMD there are over 200 clubs and organizations that students can join and be part of. Now that you have been convinced by my expertise persuasiveness and Matt’s TED Talk to join a club you might be asking what kind of clubs you would even like, or what kinds of clubs are out there.
Take a short interest assessment (or pull out your Strong Interest Inventory results if you’ve taken that assessment) to learn what your top interest areas are.
If you are a person who likes to work with data, can work with numbers and are considered Conventional on the RIASEC code of the Strong Interest Inventory a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Math Club
- Chess Club
- Society of Physics Students
If on the other hand you love working with and influencing people, and are an Enterprising on the RIASEC code a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Management Club
- Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences (SERVE)
If you are technically inclined, like to be outdoors, work well with objects, and are a Realistic on the RIASEC code a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Geology Club
- Kayak & Canoe Club
- Join a sport like Rugby or Badminton
If you are an Investigative on the RIASEC code and like to observe, evaluate and solve problems than a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Entomology Club
- BattleBots at UMD
- Biology Club
If on the other hand you love informing, enlightening, and helping people, and are a Social on the RIASEC code a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Communication Club
- Access for All
- Socratic Society
If you are an Artistic on the RIASEC code and love to create, and love using your imagination than a few of the clubs you might enjoy include:
- Mud Guild
- Knit Wits
- Fellowship of Student Writers
I guess the overall purpose of this post is to challenge all of you to go out and join a club/organization and see what is out there, try something new and exciting, if only for 30 days. You never know what you might uncover, it might be a secret passion you never knew you had. Maybe that passion is what you want to pursue as a career…but like I said before you never know if you never try.