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Career choice?

When you were in college studying a certain degree, what was choosing one job like? How was making that decision? When did you know you career path?

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Mishka’s Answer

I guess this is different for every person - for me personally, I had made my mind up when I was still in high school and had charted my path quite early on. I had secured my post degree employment whilst still in school as my career path (chartered accountancy) allowed for this. I picked this path because of the variety of job opportunities that were ahead once I had qualified.

On the other hand, my husband began his degree in Bcom Law, and after a year decided to change his career path - it turned out to be the right choice for him and he's enjoyed both his degree and his job.

In my profession, I have met Chartered Accountants who decided that the work was not for them and completely switched their path - some went on to become lawyers, Tech specialists or medical doctors instead!

I would say, dont put too much pressure on yourself to have everything figured out immediately - your path will not be the same as someone else's. Take into consideration what you value most and see where that path takes you - you will find that so long as you are true to who you are, you will always end up on the path thats meant for you.
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Kannagi’s Answer

Hi Rachel!
I graduated from college a year back and have a total of 1.5-2-year work experience. I think college is more about experimenting which career paths/ job types you like than deciding which job you want to do. I did internships related to whatever courses I have studied. This helped me understand how I can practically apply whatever I have learned in theory. Doing various internships helped me narrow down the career path I am interested in pursuing and then I selected my electives accordingly to further enhance my theoretical knowledge. I was also a part of different clubs in college, which developed my soft skills.

My advice would be that you focus on living the full college experience. Take part in different club activities, volunteer & do different internships. This will broaden your perspective about different career paths and will also give insight about what you like the most.

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Derek’s Answer

Just one story. But for me it was putting myself out there and trying not to be too rigid. I had convictions when I entered the program, but they were loosely held. While I had one path in mind, I had a horrible moment halfway through where I realized I didn't care at all about that path. And from there, just broadened my electives until one class really lit up my interests and then I doubled down. Extra courses. Information interviews. A post-grad specialist program. That helped get onto the first rung of the ladder. I'm now a fan of just embracing the continuous learning mindset. Doors tend to open that way.
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SHRUTI’s Answer

Hey Darling!
When we talk about education, its not only what we study its also what we have EXPERIENCED. If you go for any of the field just remember you are not not only the one who is applying or being there for it there will be N numbers of people competing with you. You just make sure "WHAT" makes you different from all of them sitting there. So whatever you do make sure you are happy with that and you will know where you want to lead.

BEST WISHES!
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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Rachel,
The path to finding the right major and the right career path was challenging for me. It wasn't until I tried out different leadership positions on campus and internships that I narrowed some things down. Even after graduating college, I used my 20s to figure things out and kind of bounced around different industries until I hit on what I love to do, which is work at a college helping students!
Ultimately, I want to take some of the pressure off of you to have it all figured out. It's rare that most folks do. Take classes you enjoy, get involved, work, have internships, volunteer. All of that experience helps to lead you to the next step. And, nothing is finite. Keep growing, keep adding to your skill set. Most people have 7-10 jobs before retiring. I think that will increase due to the change in technology and economy.
Good luck!
Jessica
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Deborah’s Answer

hi! Remember you have many years of your career ahead of you so you have time to make decisions and then pivot if you realize this may not be what you want to do. I started in market research out of university and realized very quickly this was not what I wanted to do. Rather than read about other careers I asked my friends what they did, what their roles involved, what they enjoyed and what they did not enjoy. Many of my friends were auditors and I knew that was not what I wanted to do. One of my friends was in tax and when I spoke to him I realized a lot of what he did matched what I wanted to do - career progression, interesting technical work and exposure to clients. So I made a switch and I have had a career in tax for over 20 years! Interestingly that friend quit tax the following year! ask ask ask - people doing the jobs are the ones that can tell you want they are like,
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