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I am currently a first semester nursing student, but I feel like the major is not for me.. What can I do?

I went to advising, counseling, career services, but I think it is too late to drop out from the program now since it is only for 2 years, so I really want to graduate on time but nursing seems so difficult and tiring for me right now... like it is not my passion anymore and everyday I want to quit it but at the same time I feel like I can't because then I'll have to start over if I change majors... What should I do, I feel like I haven't got an answer from anyone yet and I feel overwhelm and stressed right now. #nursing #college #college-major #nurse #nursing-student #healthcare

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Ken’s Answer

Don't give up! The answer may be closer than you think.  The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside.  When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

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The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
Is job the right fit? Here are some interesting links to visit: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/ask-a-recruiter-how-can-i-be-sure-the-culture-is-a-good-fit?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_201700807_full_post_11637&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_201700807_full_post_11637&bsft_eid=0ed62627-0363-4413-be37-b1ae360ce7a1&bsft_clkid=d152c5db-9b2d-4c75-91c5-e2d0b75b2c42&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=9c72d99e-9acc-4ce6-b682-598dbc1591c0 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/ask-a-credible-coach-how-can-i-stop-being-a-failure-and-find-a-job-im-good-at?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20170911_full_post_11754&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20170911_full_post_11754&bsft_eid=7a9408af-865b-49f4-9510-cc610528b3d9&bsft_clkid=6e32b6fa-f23b-4f89-9318-f728f3871997&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=7bf2fda6-56f1-4e4b-86db-88024cce980c ##
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the input and detailed answer. I will try and follow those steps. Will be going to advising this week. Archived
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Hwal’s Answer

Myan,


I hope you've got this resolved by now. In any case, feeling like this doesn't necessarily mean it's all negative. I would encourage you to think about the reasons you're feeling like this, because it might be possible to resolve those reasons within the program or class so that you can continue, transfer, etc. One good resource might be your instructor/teacher or program director, and it might be a good idea to approach them about your concerns so that hopefully they can work with you to find a solution that works for you and the program.


You mentioned that you've been to student support services already. Finding the right person with the right skills, expertise, and chemistry to assist you can sometimes be difficult, so I would encourage to perhaps ask the staff at those student support services to refer you to a person or department on or off campus they believe can assist you better. I hope this helps.


Good luck!


Hwal

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