Happy New Year! I hope this year has gotten off to a peaceful and wonderful start.
We are officially a few weeks into 2020 and New Year’s resolutions are still going strong. It also means the beginning of the spring 2020 semester at work. Every semester is a wonderful start for students working towards their dreams. There is also a sense of new beginning to the semester, just like a new year.
Back to work
I always find the spring semester a bit more fun. The initial rush of the fall semester is over and there are also a few snow days sprinkled into the spring semester. My favorite part is the preparations towards graduation.
Graduation is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love seeing the pride and accomplishment on students faces as they get their degrees. It is truly a magical day. However, to get to graduation there are plenty of requirements, course work, and questions to answer.
On the road to graduation
With this semester start, I can’t help but think of one popular question I receive from students. That question is, how do I know what to major in? Their confusion on this topic is usually due to a few key unanswered questions:
- Can I finish this degree?
- Am I really going to like this field?
- How much is they pay?
I completely understand why students are concerned with these topics. A college degree is necessary but there are no guarantees even after completing the degree. I was also a student for a very long time so I can relate.
Key points of advice
I have had to think about and answer this question a number of times. Over the years, my advice on this topic has varied but there are a few keys points of advice:
- You do not have to do the same thing for the rest of your life
- Find your specialty
- Reinvent yourself
The reality is we live in a time where there are options. There are so many possibilities to create and recreate a career in 2020. The key is simply deciding where you want to go and taking steps to get there. A decade ago, I was in a very different place in my own career. I was actually unemployed in January 2010. I quit my job without a plan. It was one of the best and worst decisions I ever made. It was the best because I knew the field, I was working in was not for me in the long run so I made a change. It was the worst because I put myself in a bad financial position.
If I could bounce back from that within a decade and develop a cool career-what will you do?