How do you prepare yourself for other career options that are not directly related to your college Major?
I don't think students usually end up going into their field of studies and just work as one fixed position permanently. There are so many opportunities out there, whether be on a national or international level. Therefore, I think it's very important to have several alternatives in mind and expand our horizon on future job/career options as students. #college #career #professional #student #careers
I think it is a good idea to have some extra knowledge, skills and experience up your sleeve that may not directly relate to your major. When thinking of any future job opportunities you may also want to consider the characteristics you would want to find in your ideal role ( Instead of the exact role itself). For example : Would you like to work with People? Animals? , Do you find yourself leading study groups or perhaps organizing them? What other fields are you interested in besides your current major field?
Once you have a list of some important characteristics and additional skills or knowledge you would like to learn / you would need in order to venture into these new areas, you can being to look for ways to further yourself and gain these aforementioned qualities/skills. For example, if you were looking to further your communication, personal and people managing skills, you may wish to volunteer some time tutoring a younger pupil or offering to teach English to a group of international students. Gaining experience in managing large groups will build your confidence as well as teaching you a variety of interpersonal and people managing skills.
These are just some ideas to give you a start but I would recommend volunteering and joining clubs/courses that relate to your hobbies and interests. If you currently have employment outwith your studies you could always ask about possible mentoring or training to gain some additional knowledge in that field. If not, search for a part time job that peaks your interest. Meeting new people and discovering new things about yourself is key to your growth both inside and outside of the study/work environment.
I find that customer service roles are a good stepping stone for jumping into more operational roles in Marketing, Sales, Training, Technology, Management, etc. Being on the front line as a representative gets you exposure to how things are done in the background and how best to communicate to customers. Once you find a passion in a specific area, you can push your way to learning more and eventually becoming part of such team.