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How likely will it be that I will end up in a career within my field of study?

I been noticing that many people do not end up doing what they initially studied for. For example, a person majors in business but end up as weight trainers at a 24 hour fitness! #itiswhatitis #career-counseling #career-choice #career-path #undecided #college-major

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Leah’s Answer

It is definitely up to you and in your control if you want to land a job that's within your major. I feel that if you are passionate enough to find a job that is tied to your concentration, you definitely can make it happen. Your example with people having a business degree and then ending up being a weight trainer at 24 Hour Fitness, it usually is tied to personal choice and/or motivation (or lack of). If you are passionate about something, you can make it happen.
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Nathan’s Answer

The experience that you are having/noticing is definitely becoming a lot more commonplace. In the past, most people attended college or university with a specific occupation or field in mind for when they finished their education. While it's still good practice to set goals and have some next steps in mind for your career, there is also a growing acceptance that it's difficult to make a decision for your future job based on the sometimes limited experience you have when you are just starting your education.

College and university now is so much more than just your degree, and your ability to land a job in your field will depend not only on what you study, but also on the other experiences and opportunities you take advantage of during your time as a student. Explore your interests, build your skills, and meet new people- regardless of if it is in line with what you believe to be your career direction. You never know how your trajectory might change based on someone you meet or a new experience you have. By taking these steps and being proactive before you graduate, you will have a great foundation of transferable skills and a network to help you find meaningful work, regardless of if it is directly related to your field or not.
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