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How to figure out my career patheay?

I am a university student studying in Hong Kong. My major is urban studies, which is about issues in urban design. However, I have poor performance in academics and low GPA.

For my working experience, I have worked as part time assistant in heritage organisation, property management intern , which is not quite relavant to my major. Also, the longest that I have worked is an assistant in a social center.

I am not lack of experience, but I am not so specific and I find it quite messy. How can I do to figure out my career pathway, as now I am a final year student ?

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Rachel’s Answer

Hi, Lok. Two of the best ways to see what type of career path you want is to conduct informational interviews and to complete internships or do job shadowing in your areas of interest.

Career paths are different for everyone, and I recommend taking the time to decide what type of job is right for you. Chances are, your first job out of college will not be the same job you stay in throughout your career, and your career path is highly dependent on what is right for your personal life as well. So, know that it is okay to not know exactly what you want to do at this point in time.

As far as finding ways to connect with people in your career areas of interest, I recommend reaching out to your professors and asking them about good points of contact to learn more about career options. This would also be helpful to do to address any concerns you have about your GPA as well. You can then take their recommendations and connect with those people. Additionally, I recommend using sites such as LinkedIn to identify people to connect with so you can learn more from their experiences. This is something that is much easier to do while you are a student before you graduate college, so keep that in mind.

Rachel recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your professors about study strategies and have them recommend people to contact about your career interests
Conduct informational interviews
Research and apply for internship/job shadowing opportunities
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Bryant’s Answer

The key to preparing for life after graduation is 1. Find out what motivates you? 2. Look at volunteering as this can help to gain more experience 3. Joining professional organizations to meet professionals in the field and gain more knowledge 4. Going to professional events at your school to find areas on career development, areas of your study, and more 5. Speaking with your professors as they can give more insight into the field 6. Interning, look at places to intern to gain more experience 7. Finding groups on LinkedIn or social media that have people within the field as you may find a lot of help. As I have taught abroad, students struggle with these things since it is not GPA but other things that employers are looking for. The market is always tough but those that are prepared for life after by doing these things and more have a better foundation.
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Christian’s Answer

Hello Lok,

In case you want to pass your degree:
- You must focus all your energy and commitment on the single subjects, quickly assess where you have your deficits and then allocate your thinking on "How I will pass the exam"
- Not sure how it is in HK -->Learning with others is quite helpful and leverage also interpersonal skills.
- If something is hard for you, failing forward is the foundation for success.

The GPA:
- Minimum target is to pass.
- Agree the GPA is not the overall selection why you get a job or not.
- However if many people apply for one position this will be taken as a an attribute.

If the GPA cannot be improved, then as said first you must pass, and seek internships where you can get the work experience which is needed.
At the end, the work experience mostly is more important than the GPA .
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Andrea’s Answer

Hi - Don't feel pressured to feel you need to have everything figured out right now. Many people, even those who have graduated and have jobs, don't always have their path figured out or it even changes throughout the course of life. Internships are a great way to test out the waters and allow you to get great exposure to the things you want to pursue. I'd recommend looking into the companies that interest you, and reaching out to their recruiter/HR person to see what internship opportunities are open. Additionally, you can use LinkedIn as a resource to find professionals that are in the fields you'd like to pursue. People like to talk about themselves and their experiences, so a friendly note asking to learn more about them wouldn't hurt. Good luck!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi, the first question you have to ask yourself : Do you want to develop your career in urban planning or you would like to explore in other industries? For the 1st case, you can explore opportunities in Planning department of HK Government or other architectural companies in HK. You can also explore any working holidays opportunities in overseas.
For later case, you need to narrow down what you are interested in and do more research on the relevant industries.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!