It may surprise you that 80% of college students change their major at least once. Sometimes these changes are small shifts within a field of study. However, some changes constitute major shifts that can affect your financial plan for college. One of the ways you can minimize these changes is by exploring a career path before you make your college major decision. Let’s look at some of the tools available to help students explore a career path.
Exploring a Career Path: Career Fair
One tool to help you explore a particular career path is a career fair. Sometimes these fairs are held at local schools, sometimes they are held in conjunction with local college fairs. The benefit of these fairs is that you get to ask any question you may have about a particular job. It may not offer you the specific information you need, but at least you get to meet someone who actually works in that career.
Exploring a Career Path: Shadowing/Internship
Another valuable tool is shadowing or internships. Shadowing is simply following a person in a particular career for a short amount of time. While an internship affords you the opportunity to actually work in a particular career for an extended amount of time. As you can see, these opportunities allow you to actually see what a particular career would entail. This is beneficial information to help you make a good decision when choosing a career path.
Exploring a Career Path: Career Roadmap
One tool that may be available to you is a career roadmap. A career roadmap is an assessment tool you fill out to determine what career path may be of greatest interest to you. The career roadmap would ask you questions to determine what career may be the best fit for you. It certainly eliminates any career choices that would not be a good fit and may help you choose that perfect fit major for you. A good assessment tool will include information like: pay range, average job satisfaction ratings, employment opportunity, and testimonies of people currently employed in that field of employment.
No tool will ever be able to eliminate changes in one’s college major, they will give you better confidence in your decision. Remember, not all tools are created equally. So choose well, and use a variety of tools. We offer one of the best roadmaps on the market, so if you would like more information, please contact our office.