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:

  1. You do not have to do the same thing for the rest of your life
  2. Find your specialty
  3. 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?