To be or not to be…

I had a lot of trouble choosing a college major.  The trouble was that I excelled in the arts and not much else (so I thought).  That’s not a bad thing but I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a job after graduation.  I felt like I needed to choose a very practical major.

The only advice I got from my parents was, “You’re not going to do one thing for the rest of your life, so just start somewhere.”  I think that is good advice to take the pressure off, and it’s true that most people have several jobs in their lifetime.  But there are sooo many places one can start that it can feel overwhelming.

That’s why I recommend students use ECC’s Career Development Services (located in B120, the Student Success Center) or take GSD 120 our career exploration class.  Both will help you assess yourself and then learn about occupations that match your interests, personality, abilities and values.  I also recommend websites to gather more information about occupations and majors.

A website that answers the question “What can you do with a major in…”  is good for students who know what subjects they like but need to see a list of occupations related to the major.  And websites such as Occupational Outlook Handbook and Illinois Career Information System are great places to get more information about specific occupations and to see what education/training you need to prepare for them.

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