If you are approaching graduation, one of the last things you should be thinking about is how your education will fit into your overall career goals. The reason for this is rather simple: You originally chose this major for a specific career objective in mind.
That’s, at the very least, the assumption that your career services office will make. They will further assume that you, mindful of the classes you have taken and the possible experience I have had during your collegiate career, will have a good idea what type of job you are looking for.
Yet, you’d be surprised by the countless times these words have been uttered after the question of where you want to work is asked:
“I’m not picky.”
There may be a few reasons why a student would have this answer. First, there may have been so many different possibilities presented during the course of your education that you don’t have a definitive preference. Second, the current economic conditions are foreboding enough that you are apprehensive about your prospects in your specific major. Finally, you failed to plan for your future after college, and you’re now in full panic mode.
Whatever the reasoning for declaring your lack of pickiness, it could all eventually lead to the same situation you found yourself in before you started school. Some of the consequences include finding the type of work that is both not relevant to your major and leads nowhere (i.e. the infamous Dead-End Job) or you end up with no job whatsoever.
The good news, however, is that if the career services professional is worth their salt, a few meetings should be sufficient enough to allow you to pinpoint a specific career direction, as well as an overall plan of attack for moving forward. Here are a couple of recommendations that will likely be made to you:
- Set up an informational interview – You will probably be asked, during the course of your meeting, the think of three organizations you’d like to work for. From there, you’ll be asked to consider contacting the organizations to schedule an informational interview. Regardless of whether or not they have open positions, you should get a better insight as to the type of working environment you may be a part of.
- Participate in an internship – This may depend on your class standing. If you are a senior in your last semester, the idea of interning may sound far-fetched, but if you are on the verge of graduating and don’t have a clue what you want to do with your degree, it may save you from months of frustration throwing resumes out to every job available.