How hard can it be to get a career in a field unrelated to your major?
I'm looking forward to college and studying Biology (or Geology) and writing/communication. I'm gonna play music and two sports on the side, work a job, hang out with friends, and pretty much whale away at my future without a shred of a plan. Ok, so I'm kidding about that last part, but I really am not as sure as I used to be about what I want to do with the rest of my life. I used to really want to go into the biomedical sciences, which I know is a very promising career field that I think I'd be really good at, but I'm starting to wonder how much I'd enjoy it 20, 30 years in the future. I'm a really outdoors-minded person (I literally work at a kayak/sport shop), and I recently discovered that I really enjoy writing/journalism. I also really want to help people in need, give back, and do some good in the world. I read a little bit about a career in Emergency Management, and I feel like that's a job that I'd be really good at, would enjoy doing, and would feel good about myself at the end of the day for doing it. It's a 2-year degree track, though, and I want to get least a 4 year degree because of all the options it opens up to me. To sum up, I guess I want to get a degree in Biology because of all the career choices it opens up to me, but I don't quite know what I want to do with it yet. Could you help me pare down my options a little bit? Thanks!
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Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: