At least once in our life there comes a time when we are asked to start planning our career paths. And or those of us who are not inheriting a huge amount of money that choice comes with so many considerations. Starting with your values, interests, personality. In deciding our career paths often we are told that we must drill in a major that will secure our career (Tip: Take our Focus 2 career assessment via Scotlink to learn more about how your values, interests, personality, and skills align with UCR majors).That's right - a short test tailored for YOU! Take it and then come in to meet with a Career Counselor to help you choose the right major for you.
And if your family is anything like mine as a first generation student, I often get asked... why not get a doctor degree or lawyer degree? So in many cases we feel like a deer in headlights often looking for our answers and cues as to what major is right for us. But what if I told you that choosing a major does not solidify your career? That if you're anything like the average student you’ll switch and change majors at least 3 times in your undergraduate career. And that there is actually living breathing evidence that your major does not determine your career path, at the Career Center.
Indeed there is! Her name is Kristen and she was a chemistry major in her undergraduate career and later pursued career counseling.
Anyway I wouldn't be serving my role as a peer adviser if I didn’t tell share the tips and tricks the career center can help you with taking those next steps to choose a major.
1.) Start with attending our Choosing a Major workshop. Can’t attend because LIFE? It’s ok! Check out our PowerPoint online, right from the comfort of your bed (every college student's favorite place).
2.) Take our Focus 2 career assessment via Scotlink to learn more about how your values, interests, personality, and skills align with UCR majors. Or our Myers Briggs Type indicator and Strong Interest Inventory to see what career paths align with your interests. Meet with a Career Counselor afterwards to talk about the results you got.
3.) Join an organization, pick up an internship (That may count for credit!), talk to employers at our workshops, job discovery panels, and employer information session to really see what you can see yourself doing!
4.) Come visit us! We are literally here to help you plan your career path and are now located just steps away from your last class in our new center
What about if you’re graduating and aren’t sure what’s next? Check out the Senior Success Blog if you’re still trying to find your job after college and you’re feeling anxious: https://ucrseniorsuccess.tumblr.com/post/161368226778/finding-direction-after-college
Lastly but most importantly! Check out Kristens success blog to learn more about post-college next steps! Because post-college depression is a thing and were here to help combat that.