College Student Struggles with Choosing a Career


Jessica writes:
I am really struggling with finding a career. I’m finishing my freshman year and I still have no clue what I can do with my life. I am not gifted in science or math and so my options seem quite slim. I have thought of majoring in psychology but now I’m leaning toward anthropology or social science. My main dilemma is that I don’t know what kind of career I could have if I majored in one of these fields. Can you help?


The Career Doctor responds:
Jessica please relax and take a deep breath. Do you know how many other first-year students do not know what they want to do? Do you know how many seniors are unsure? Next not being gifted in science or math does not put that much of a hindrance on your choice or major or career unless you had your heart set on being a doctor.

I suggest you take a little time to reflect — once this semester is over — and visit a few of the Websites you can find described in Quintessential Careers: Career Exploration Resources.

You’ll be able to find a number of resources that let you research any number of career fields in more depth.

You might also want to consider self-assessment. Go to the Career Assessment Tools and Tests section of Quintessential Careers.

Whatever you do remember to relax. College is all about discovering who you are and what you want to do with your life. Don’t rush into a decision for the sake of having a major. Enjoy the discovery process.