Sometimes when people take a shortcut in getting a degree, they miss out on opportunities which might allow them to get to know their career area better and learn how they might best fit into it and develop helpful networking contacts. Coop and Internship Programs and other career exposure opportunities are vehicles through which a student can get a better insight into themselves and their intended career area and are opportunities which should be sought out through contacts within your career area and in your intended school.
First, however, it is important to get to know yourself better to see how your personality traits relate to those who are successful in your intended area and then talk to people who are successful in that area to see what they do, how they got there, and what advice that they might have for you.
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 .