University Career Center

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Choosing your career path can be an incredibly difficult decision. Often times I see students like yourself at peer advising - from all years - telling me about how they are unsure about what they want to do after college. It can be really stressful making a decision - especially with all the pressure from parents, peers and professors.

Here at the Career Center, we always encourage you and other students to follow your passions and to pursue your dreams. This is a really important piece that sometimes gets lost in students' minds. Often times you can feel defined by your major and that you must pursue a certain career because of the risky or slim opportunities of your alternative.
Recently we had this conversation in my English class. Our professor asked each and every one of us why we were taking this class and for what purpose. To those who responded that they were unsure about what they wanted to do, or mentioned they were doing something because of an external force (e.g., parents, peers, professors), he advised they choose a different career path. "Scratch your itch" he said. Do this and you will live a happy life.
I can't say I disagree. It is important that we listen to our parents, advisors, peers and take their suggestions as they come. At the Career Center we encourage you and other students to schedule an appointment and talk to us about your potential careers. We try to develop your story and figure out what your true passions are and what skills you possess. We give you advice that allows you to make the best decision for yourself. But at the end of the day the choice is yours and yours alone.
What are your skills? Where do your passions lie? What can you do now to make your biggest dreams a reality? These are the questions we will ask you to help guide you in the right direction. Once you can answer these you will be on your way to making a career for yourself and living a happy life. And as always, the Career Center is here to help you.
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