You have been gaining the tools to step into your given career field through your entire college experience. Making life choices in the classes you enrolled in, the schedule you set for yourself, and completion of assignments. To work a part time job or not while you were in college. All of these prepared you for your next step in your career.
Now it is time to put a resume together and gather all the tools in your shed. Have the confidence that I know is in you and step out there for the first, second, and third interview. Trust me the first few are going to be a struggle and you will leave kicking yourself. Why didn't I say this or What would have been a better answer to that question.
I don't know if they are still asking these questions, but be prepared to describe a significant accomplishment in your life. Along with a significant failure. Being right out of college with no experience is also going to be a frustration, but stick with it. Maybe to build your confidence see if any businesses in your field offer internships or new hire type programs. A few years back the company I work for hired a group of college graduates and they worked in various positions in the company for one year. It was a three year program and they had to be willing to transfer to various states based on needs of the business. In the end they were allowed to choose which organization they wanted to work in.
You have this. I have the utmost faith in your success. Go find that niche in society that makes you HAPPY!
As noted elsewhere, what you want to do as a career is an important point for identifying courses. If you don't know what that is at this point, it is a great time to explore what careers might be like by checking out different courses. One of the big reason there are general requirements at colleges is to provide that "well rounded" education and some exposure to other areas that might be of interest.
I will say, having worked in both a technical and non-technical career, that some qualities that any job and any company will value are Critical Thinking, Analysis, Problem Solving, and good Writing skills. Most liberal arts courses will give you opportunities to hone your writing skills. Don't think of that as some sort of chore, it is an incredibly important skill and critical, particularly as the workforce becomes more remote from each other to have a good ability to communicate in written form. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking are important in whatever career you choose, as you are almost always going to be in a position where you are expected to identify and solve or analyze the work you are presented with. Even if you were to go into a career that is well defined and more of doing the same thing, over and over again, there will still be opportunities to understand a customer's problem or identify areas where that work could be done more efficiently or in a better environment.
Enjoy college, explore, try new things. The skills above will always benefit you in any career.
However, if you would like to start your own business, you may consider to study business or relevant subject of the industry.
First of all, you may need to determine what you would like to do in the future first. You can do more research online and speak to more people and then shortlist a few industry you are interested on. Then, you can check which college offer the relevant course and the entry requirement.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Lauren Grzyboski, CFE, CAMS, MBA
Great question! I think you can definitely tailor your college courses around the area you would like to specialize in post-grad. However, I believe that your courses really only give you the technical and foundational knowledge needed. For example, when I was in college I knew that I wanted to work in forensic accounting post-grad so I had majored in accounting, while minoring in political science and criminal justice. These areas that I tailored my education towards allowed me to gain the knowledge and understand needed for my field. Granted, I think that the hands-on experiences and opportunities you can gain in your profession prior to graduating will definitely offer an advantage. For example, job shadowing, volunteering, and internships could provide you with insights into how you can better prepare yourself and even what to expect when working in your profession post-grad. Additionally, consider joining professional organizations as a student member and even creating a LinkedIn because all of the networking opportunities you can capitalize on now will assist you moving forward as you begin your career.