May 20, 2019 - 04:26 PM
When we are first starting out in our careers, this question can be especially hard to answer. It all feels so important and so permanent. The first thing you should know is that many people end up in careers that are completely different than what they studied in college. It's true. Ask a few people you look up to about what they studied in college. You'll likely be surprised to learn that many took a path that's different from where they started.
What I'm trying to say is this: If your degree doesn't seem to be the best match for you, post-college, there are other options. If you aren't sure where to begin, first consider conducting informational interviews. Informational interviews are networking meetings where you ask someone else about their career. The more you learn about alternative careers, the easier it will be to pin down the best career path for you.
Another option to consider is the StrengthsFinder assessment. You'll find it in the book Strengths Finder 2.0. You may also want to consider other assessments through your college career resources office. Also, there are a variety of quizzes you can take that can help point you in the right career direction. No matter which career you pick, remember this. Your career choice is not permanent. As you evolve, so will your career.