Katy Popplewell is pursuing her master’s degree in student affairs. She is from Cincinnati where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication and her master’s certificate in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She works in the Career Development office as a graduate assistant and career adviser.
Some of you reading this may have had these thoughts before. “I have no idea what I want to do.” “I have some idea of what I’m interested in, but I’m not sure.” Or, “I want to do X but everyone expects me to do Y.” Does this sound like you? If so, you’re not alone. As many students transition from high school to college, some remain indecisive when declaring a major. It’s okay to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life, but with a little preparation and soul-searching, this will provide you the necessary building blocks to find your niche.
The first step is to brainstorm and create a vision board. Start making a list of your strengths, passions and interests. Next, write down a list of majors that spark your interest. Then dive a bit deeper and research careers that tie back to the major. By brainstorming and doing a self-reflection, you’ll be able to identify how your strengths, passions and interests align with that major which can lead to a successful career.
Secondly, gather more information in the fields that interest you. Surf the web regarding jobs related to this field of study and what skillset is required.
Lastly, know and utilize your resources: The Career center, your instructors, alumni, online resources, family, and friends. They know you best so take the time to sit down with them and have a conversation about it. Networking is one of the best ways to truly understand a field or an industry. Building relationships and connecting with those already in the field is truly an invaluable asset that you should not pass up. Understand that you are doing this for yourself, and not for anyone else.
Through this, you can start eliminating majors and focus on the fields of study you are considering. Research the potential careers that are related to this/these major(s). After having completed this activity, you will have a better understanding of yourself and have a clearer idea as to what major you’ll pursue. This will ensure you’re on the right track to a positive and fulfilling collegiate and professional experience.
If you haven’t already, schedule an appointment online or call the front desk with a Career Advisor so we can plan your road to success!