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What to do after college?

What do you do when the career you go into college hoping to do doesn't feel right when you graduate? If maybe the path, like medicine feels right but the specialty isn't; how should we find the specialty that is right for us?

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Kathryn,

This is a good question! The answer is, at that point, you would need to do a self-assessment, to figure out what it is you like and don't like about the specialty you are in, and, what other specialties offer the aspects of your current job that you do like. So, for example, let's say you went into nursing, but were doing work for an insurance company reviewing claims/benefits, sitting at a desk all day. And, you realize, (1) you don't like sitting down all day, (2) you don't like being on a computer all day, (3) you want to work hands-on with patients. You could fix (1) by simply getting a standing/adjustable height desk. But, that won't take care of (2) or (3).

Anyway, once you figure this out, you start looking for related jobs, where you can use your current skills, or perhaps could go pick up a certification to help you transition.

Of course, it is much preferable to pick the "right" specialty up-front, although not easy to do. So, you look at the specialty you are in love with under a microscope, and, look at other related specialties. You also take a few self-assessments that will give you job clusters of things that might interest you. I remember one I did had a strong recommendation for police officer/investigative reporter, for example.

Hope this has helped!

Kim
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