The Career Services Office
If you havent visited your career services office on campus, take time long before graduation to do so.
Introduce yourself to the staff, let them know you will be stopping in frequently (weekly, if not daily in your last year) and utilize their knowledge. They can assist in all your job search (and research) needs.
Before getting your heart set on a major, you may want to discuss with the career services staff the latest information available regarding your choices. If your first choice seems to have a negative 5 to 10 year forecast, its best to research your second and third choices–giving you more options. Consider taking a short career quiz to help narrow down the set of possible career options.
Keep focused on what transpires as you go through school by 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, its wise to discuss with the career services staff other locations they might suggest to consider, and then research.
Do be organized in your job search, industry and company research. Keeping a small notebook specifically for this purpose will save you time and effort. Collect pamphlets about upcoming events: attend recruiting opportunities, lunch hour brown bag discussion groups, and other activities centered around future careers. Ask about career planning classes too. Don’t forget to ask what internship opportunities and volunteer positions are available in your community. They both allow you to get an idea what it’d be like to work in those industries while gaining experience and networking.
Above all, keep an open mind. Networking with other students will enable you to gain even more information in other 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.
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