Ask any fourth grader what career they would like to pursue and chances are you will get plenty of answers – lawyer, doctor, nurse, soldier, fireman. If you move on up to high school students, they will probably have a couple of options to provide. At the college level, a student might be pursuing a specific major, but it’s possible that some will tell you they are not sure of their career path.
If you want to settle into a career you’ll find satisfying, here’s how to go about it.
Every individual is different. We all have different aspirations, values, interests and talents. Determine what you like and are good at, and start from this personal assessment. Students who engage career counselors like Mark Cruver benefit by having a knowledgeable professional guide them through the process.
List potential careers
After assessing your strengths and weaknesses, it should be clear which types of careers you are best suited for. It’s not possible to go after each, so the list helps you narrow down to the most suitable options. Take the time to learn about each option, and collect as many details about each career option as you can.
After you’ve learned about each career, eliminate those that don’t interest you anymore. You essentially want to narrow down to two options so you can better focus your goals to making either of them work for you. Depending on the career you choose, it will likely require training. At this point, it will be easier to choose a college course based on what you’ve identified on as a suitable career to pursue.
Mark Cruver has worked as an independent educational consultant since starting Capstone Educational Consultant.