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What is one of the most asked questions from students searching for career advice at the college level?

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Shelbie,

The one I see on this site a lot is "What is I am undecided about my major?" That can be a tricky question, not only when you start college but when you start to feel less enthusiastic about the major that you chose. That happened to me my sophomore year in college. I was lucky enough to have an advisor who talked me through my transcripts in high school and college - talking to me about the classes that I had already taken that might work in another degree program. She also talked with me about what classes or subjects that I really liked as a basis for my new major.

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Pamela’s Answer

Hi there,
Some questions that I've received are:
1) Is an internship important in have while in college?
2) Is having a minor important for the industry you want to work in?
3) How do know if a starting salary for a position is at industry standards?
4) Can I apply to jobs outside of my major?
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Shelbie,

The types of questions that get asked seem to vary based on the student's grade in college. They are pretty broad early on and become a lot more specific to their majors as the student progresses through college.

Freshmen typically seem to ask questions like:
1. What type of jobs can I land if I pursue X major?
2. What majors lead to high paying jobs?
3. When can I start applying for internships?

As the student grows, the questions may become more specific to their experiences in college or major:
1. How do I differentiate myself from the rest of the applicants in order to land an internship?
2. Is there anyone I can network with in order to learn more about X job?
3. When does recruiting season start for this particular industry?
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Swapnil’s Answer

Hi, one of the most asked question to me was "how much money I will make doing this", and I always answered with never run for money, just find a passion and follow with you heart, It will make money for you and you will be mentally satisfied doing your thing.
Where I come from, most of the students leave their hometown just to suffer alone through the college and graduate somehow and look for well paying jobs but somehow everybody I know goes through depression once they get the well-paid job and constantly think about starting a business or switching careers and having mid-life crisis with all the responsibilities they have at that point!
So I always try to make sure to point out Money buys happiness but not for long, once you have enough money in bank account, you drive yourself crazy thinking about where you stand with you passions.
Hope this helps!
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Parshva’s Answer

Some of the most common questions I have seen are-
1) What should I major in?
2) What is the most lucrative industry to work in after college?
3) How to ace company interviews?
4) What are the job prospects for international students / what companies are sponsoring H1B and for which positions?
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Emily’s Answer

Hi Shelbie,

I'm not a counselor but here are some questions most students in college ask...
1. Can I pursue this job with ___ kind of degree?
2. How can I gain an internship with my major?
3. How can I gain more experience before graduating with my degree?
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Varina’s Answer

Hi Shelbie -- I'm not a career services coordinator or a career counselor, but the most frequent queries I hear from college students in my industry are (1) "Why did you choose you major?" (2)"What do you like about your career choice?" and (3) "What classes should I take to have the best chances of being hired as an <insert desired job/role>?"

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Vernie’s Answer

Hi!

I think the most important thing to ask these questions:
1. What career or field am I most interested in?
2. What classes or clubs can I take/join to help me form connections and more knowledge in that said career?
3. Where can I find internships for the said career field
4. What are the different opportunities that I can take on in this field?

Goodluck!
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Rebecca’s Answer

In my experience, the most popular questions are :
High school students,
1. 'I like something, something. What can I do in the future?'
2. 'What can I choose for the major in the college?'
3. 'What is the salary range of X career?' or What career can have highest salary?'
College students, since they have already chosen a major,
1. 'How can I find an intern opportunities?'
2. 'How can I find a job in X industries?'
Hope this helps!
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