It is very good that you are reaching out for answers regarding your career of interest. During my years of college recruiting, I encountered too many graduates who had not gotten to know themselves or their career area well enough and found that they did not like or were not comfortable with the practical application of their major when on the job. Here are some steps that will help to prevent you from having the same problem.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
- It is very important to learn how your personality traits compare with people in various career areas, especially the one in which you have an interest. Talking to your counseling office and taking an Interest and Aptitude Test would be a wise investment of time.
- After you have identified a possible viable career area, it is very important to learn what it is like to be working in that area. The best way is to do networking and talk to people who are working in that area to see and feel what it is like to work in that area. Here are some good tips; Networking: ## https://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
- When doing networking, it is a good idea to start with people with whom you have a common connection. A good group to begin with would be those people who have graduated from your school and are working in your career area of interest. You can locate them by talking to the person who tracks and works with graduates of your school. Another good source of information would be professional associations to which people in your career area of interest belong. One of the major ones is the National Association of Social Workers. Your academic advisor or the reference librarian at your local library should be able to provide contact information. Another good source of such associations would be this site: Professional Associations ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ##
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