Too many students attending a 4-year college choose their major solely based on what they enjoy learning about. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a big proponent of choosing a career that you will enjoy. Forty hours a week is a lot of time to spend in job you don’t like. But, way too often, students will graduate from college with a major they enjoyed getting, but don’t have a clue what they want to do with it or even if they can get a job related to that major.
With just 15 minutes of research, students can learn a lot about the major they have chosen or the career field they are interested in pursuing. They will be able to answer questions such as:
* What jobs can I get with this major?
* Are employers hiring for my particular career choice?
* What are the chances I will be able to find a job in my field four years from now?
* Could I likely get a job in the part of the country that I want to live in?
* What is the starting and average salary?
One of my goals in career education is to encourage students to make educated decisions about their future so they know the potential ramifications of the path they are choosing to walk down. I am passionate about this because I have known so many who can’t find a job in their field after they graduate. Most of them have student loans to repay and end up in a job they could have had without their degree. Just a little research can go a long ways in making an educated decision.
Great Places to Research Careers:
* Your high school career center
* RUReadyND – http://RUReadyND.com
* Job Service – http://www.ndworkforceintelligence.com/
* Bureau of Labor Market Statistics – http://www.bls.gov/oco/ooh_index.htm
* O*Net – http://www.onetonline.org/
Jennifer George, Career Resource Educator