Talk about careers. It’s getting to that point in the semester where life is hurling self-discovery and crises (peep my last blog post) right at you. You are into your first, second, third, fourth, or maybe even fifth year of college and you don’t know if what you are doing is really leading you down the path you initially hoped for. Maybe you’re not doing so well in a class, contemplating your life choices, feeling the heat of the real world getting hotter and hotter, or worrying about your orange cat, Garfield, who is in the hospital. It seems that life is just crumbling at your fingertips and you don’t know what to do. That happens to most of us, especially when we least expect it. But it’s okay because we pick ourselves up and move along one step at a time. Right?
Well for some of us, it’s not that easy. You might be wondering, in the midst of all this mess, “Where do I even start to pick up?”. Well, Career & Internship Services is right here waiting for you! You are NOT ALONE.
Where to begin…
Despite everything that is going on, you have to start somewhere! Even when it feels like you are losing control of your life right now, don’t let that consume you. Here are a few things I think you should try. It doesn’t have to be in any particular order; just do what works for you. As much work or stressful as it might seem, it will all pay off in the end.
TOP 5 RECOMMENDATIONS
- Take an interest, personality, and/or strengths assessment to see where and how well your intended career fits you.
- Do you know what you’re doing with your life? If no, COME SEE US and we can help you confirm a major, plan a career path, and search for jobs/internships/grad schools.
- Create and review an elevator speech! If you had 1 minute to describe yourself, what would you say?
- Career Handbook has all sorts of examples and tips on how to perfect your resume/cover letter/personal statement, find it on the Career & Internship Services webpage.
- View the Graduate Follow-Up Report Archives on the C&IS website for career ideas. See what recent grads are doing with your major!
I have to admit, these few suggestions have definitely helped me. I, myself, am going through this crisis of whether or not my decided major is fit for me. There are so many things I want to dip my feet into, but I only have so many limbs! I can’t swim if every piece of me is in a different body of water. And I think we can all definitely relate to this.
If you want more suggestions/tips, look for our interactive bulletin board in the hallway of the Solon Campus Center!
Once you have taken the time to follow through some of these suggestions, REFLECT. Ask yourself:
- How do these results resonate with me? What do they make me feel? Is it true to me?
- What are my options?
- Where do I see myself in the next 2, 4, or 6 years given these results?
- How am I going to apply these results to my current understanding of my situation?
- What is my end goal?
Take a moment to lay out all your options, considerations, and interpretations on the table. Talk it out with a career counselor, advisor, friends, or even family if need be. Weigh your options and even make a pros and cons list. Your questions, concerns, and understanding of everything may not be solved, and that’s okay. Taking these small steps will lead you to the answers you seek. It all begins with you, and the initiative you take to control what you can, instead of worrying about what you can’t.
Photo source: UMD Career & Internship Services