Linda Ann’s Answer
Hi K.J. ,
Many young people are unsure about a career focus. And that is OK. As an FYI, 70-80 percent of college freshman change their major after the first year. So, you are not alone.
I would recommend enrolling in a community college for two reasons. First, you will minimize a cash outlay for tuition or getting yourself into significant debt; tuition tends to be very reasonable compared with 4-year institutions. Second, the community colleges with which I am familiar in the mid-Atlantic states have non-academic programs of study, e.g., carpentry, HVAC service technician courses, electrical, cooking and more! So, once enrolled, you will have an advisor with whom you can have some serious discussions about your future. Also, the Career Counseling Office at the community college many be able to administer some vocational assessments to you to help identify careers that may be a good fit for you.
Most psychologists are not therapists, by the way; only about one-third are therapists To become a therapist requires at least 9 years of educational preparation and licensing at the state in which you wish you practice. After completion of a bachelors degree, one must be admitted into a doctoral program (PhD or PsyD) and complete another 5 years of didactic courses, hands-on skills development courses and research...
Most persons who have completed a business degree do not open their own business. There are many opportunities to work either in the private, non-profit or government sectors with a business degree. This is again an opportunity to have a conversation with a Career Counselor at a community college.
I wish you the best in your career explorations.
Linda Ann recommends the following next steps:
- Explore the various curriculum's at the community colleges in your geographic region. You can do this exploration online, of course!
- Schedule an onsite visit with at least two community colleges after you have completed your online research. Ask about the type of career counseling that is available at the school. Ask specific questions about the non-academic programs of study that may have piqued your interest.
- Sometimes you don't know what you like or don't like until you've actually taken a course or two in an academic discipline. What I am saying is this: you are still young: explore the many possibilities before making up your mind. EXPERIMENT. There's nothing worse then committing four or more years of study to a discipline to find that you don't really like it...but you stuck with it because of the income it provides to you OR because you were pressured by friends or family to invest in a particular career.
- In today's world, you will need well developed oral and written communication skills in almost any career. So, be sure to take coursework to improve your skills in these two areas.