Wise Advice for College Graduates
If you already have a career in mind, there is an ideal path to get there from choosing your major in college to graduating and getting your first job. However, while choosing a major and getting an education are all part and parcel of making your way in the big wide world, it might not be all plain sailing. There are important decisions to be made every step of the way and both the good and bad experiences you have will shape you into the person you are going to become in the next 20 years.
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major in college is the first stepping stone to being successful in your career but it doesn’t matter if you don’t have it all figured out just yet. If you are uncertain when it comes to choosing a major, don’t panic, many students find themselves in this position. Keep in mind that many students change their major once or more during their college careers and so whatever you choose doesn’t have to be set in stone. As Oprah Winfrey said: “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do”.
Choosing a major that complements your ideal career path is one thing but that career path is also subject to change and choosing a major to set you on one path doesn’t mean you won’t end up doing something completely different later in life.
Getting your Foot on the Career Ladder
In an ideal world, you will graduate and find an opportunity to work in your ideal industry but worrying about it won’t change the outcome. Almost nobody ends up in the very first job that they get after college so don’t be disappointed if you don’t land your dream role in the first few months after graduating. If you can’t find your dream position, why not work towards creating it yourself? With the latest technology at your fingertips, there has never been a better time to start your very own business.
What if it Doesn’t Work Out?
Failure can happen to anyone but it is important not to waste time dwelling on this and remember that a set back is simply a learning experience. That college rejection letter won’t mean a thing ten years down the line. Having a long term career plan and getting into your ideal college is a great start but it is important to realise that it’s all a process. If you don’t like the path you are currently on, build a new one.