As a Career Counselor, I was stunned that many students that I have spoken to over the years at the 6 different colleges and universities I taught at had no idea how to answer most of these questions; so I want to prepare you, the new college student, to ask good questions so that you can make the best possible decision for choosing a major.
- What is your career major?
- Why did you choose that major?
- What job title do you expect to have when you graduate?
- What are the positives and negatives about your job of interest?
- What is the professional association for your major field of choice? Local and national?
- What salary do you expect to earn in the city you want to work in?
- What is the job market like for your major locally, here in the State of North Carolina?
- What is the job market like for your major nationally?
- What career fields are currently in demand in the State of North Carolina?
- What career fields are currently in demand in the United States?
- What is a typical day on the job for an employee with your career major?
- What skills do you expect to use on the job once you graduate?
- What do employers look for in a potential employee with your degree?
- What are some employers that typically hire employees with your degree?
- Do you know anyone who is working in the job that you want? (Circle one) Yes No
- If yes, who?
- What company are they working for?
- What feedback do they have about their job and/or their company?
- Have you interviewed anyone who is currently working in your job of choice?
- What is a typical career path for your job choice?
- Where do you expect to be career-wise five years from now?
- Where do you expect to be career-wise ten years from now?
- Do you expect to retire from one company? Why or why not?
- What skills do you need to be marketable today?
- What do you plan to do to keep up with marketable job skills for the rest of your working life?
I recommend that you speak with folks now that graduated with the major that you are choosing so you can speak to them and get up-to-date career information. The best source of information on any career is normally employees in that field, and professional associations.
They are the best source of trends or new knowledge, skills, and / or abilities in your field of interest.
People like to help people, so don't be afraid to ask folks you know if they can refer you to someone who is working in your major course of study. Your college or university career center is another excellent source of information, and free to you as a student. I provide a state-of-the art career information and planning system, which I will list soon on my website, careertreasure.com.brightervisionsites5.com.
Here are some other great websites for information on college majors and career planning: