Research Your Future

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 22, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment

If you haven’t visited your career services office on campus, do take time long before graduation to do so.

Introduce yourself to the staff, let them know you will be stopping in frequently (daily if you are in your last year) and utilize their knowledge. They can assist you in all your job search (and research) needs. Before you get your heart set on a major, you may want to discuss with the career services staff the latest information available regarding your choices. You can also try a career quiz to help determine a career based on your personality and interests. If your first choice seems to have a negative 5 to 10 year projection, it’s best to research your second and third choices, giving you more options. Keep your focus on what transpires as you go through school, monitoring how your field of interest is fairing. Be sure to watch the unemployment rate in the area you wish to eventually settle down in after graduation. Should that unemployment rate remain high, it’s wise to discuss with the career services staff other locations they might suggest you consider, and then research.

Do be organized in your job search, industry and company research. Keeping a file with folders specifically for this purpose  saves time. Collect pamphlets about upcoming events: attend job fairs, lunch hour brown bag discussion groups, guest speakers and other activities centered around future careers. Gather speakers business cards who might be a resource in the future. Make a few notes on the back of the card to remind you where you met them and what they said you found helpful.

Above all, keep an open mind. When networking with other students, you gain even more information in areas you might not have considered. Changing majors is not unusual, especially in uncertain times. It might be a wise move, should the economy take a deeper decline. Just be sure to make changes based on sound information.