I am lost. I have no clue what type of jobs are out there for me. All I know is these few things about myself: I am a natural-born leader I love working with people and I love watching something work for me.
I am currently halfway through college but still haven’t decided what is right for me. I went after business administration and then thought that it wasn’t for me.
I would like to know what jobs are “hot” by the time I graduate.
I am afraid of getting into a career that I feel I will regret.
The Career Doctor responds:
First things first. Relax! Here are some things to keep in the back of your mind as you contemplate your future. The degree is the most important thing so while it would be helpful to get it exactly in your future career field your major is not as important as the degree itself. And no matter what career you enter upon graduating from college you can change it any time you like – and if you are like most people you will end up changing your career field many times over the course of your life.
Many new college grads sort of stumble out of college into a job/career that they find is not what they wanted or expected – and they simply move on.
It’s great that you have already identified your skills and passions – it’s the first step toward identifying potential careers. And certainly from your description a career in business makes sense.
It’s also important to look at forecasts of jobs/careers that are going to be in demand but keep in mind that it’s more important to find a fit with a job and career path that matches your skills and interests.
So I recommend talking with some recent alums about their jobs talking with your professors and visiting the career services office at your school.
All three of these sources should give you some good ideas about careers. And if you really do want to read about hot and growing career fields you can look online to the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Bureau of Labor Statistics – in the section titled “Tomorrow’s Jobs.”
Some Quintessential Careers resources that will be useful for you: