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 ?
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:
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.
- 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 .
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!