Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The nitty gritty of choosing a major
With the verdict still out on how relevant specific majors are to final careers (aside from pre-professional program, that is), the point remains. Sooner or later you have to choose. So how do you go about doing that?
The following are selected tips I typically share with undecided students.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Who cares about a college major?
Though most of my freshman appointments of late have revolved around their first year experience course, aka Prelude, self assessment assignment, the second most commonly raised issue is—-
What Should I Major In? I met with one person this week who had changed his major within the first week. Quick thinking on his part.
But the fact is with varying degrees of angst, as you may know from reading my posting advice from a senior, around 70% of all freshmen change their major that first year.
Before getting to the nitty gritty of selecting a major, some people wonder if it even matters what major you choose.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Top liberal arts skills
For those students looking ahead or those grads seeking to market your liberal arts background, the National Association of Colleges and Employers includes these skills and qualities in their description of the Perfect Candidate…
Friday, September 09, 2005
How to talk to anyone: ice breaker tip #1
Seems like a good topic for a weekend when social opportunities usually pile up. Though I love meeting new people, I occasionally find myself freezing before an event. It’s usually the room full of strangers that does it.
So, I collect tips on how to break the ice.
Here’s one from How To Talk To Anyone which I plan to use myself.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Informational Interviews at your fingertips
How do you find out—before you get there—what your dream job is really like?
I’ve met with a number of people who never did check things out ahead to time and, low and behold, 15 years later and they hate (should be a capital H there) what they’re doing. Worse yet, might be making a lot of money doing it, thus exacerbating the stuck feeling. A few lawyers I met with years ago always come to mind.
Anyway, one low risk way to get the facts is to do informational interviews, i.e. line up what amounts to advice time with a professional and get them to basically tell their story.
Sound too daunting? Well, jump to http://www.roadtripnation.com and click on Interviews for real life tips from people in a variety of fields.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Think you can’t get there from here?
Cross roads. Life choices. Which way to go…
I did a late-night in the dorms last year where I talked about my own career story. What struck me was how often I’d made decisions in the dark. You know, that place where you don’t know which way to go but your back’s up against the wall and you have to choose something.
Iíve been in that spot many times. But over the weekend I thought of yet one more incident. Again, I didn’t know what I was doing but somehow ended up in an entirely different spotóthe place I was designed for—because of the changed direction.
Here’s the story…
Friday, August 19, 2005
What do you talk about with a career counselor?
So you’ve seen the office space—-or at least gotten a glimpse in the last posting because I admit that the pic is a bit on the tiny side. Now the next hurdle. What do you talk about with a career counselor?
Many people come in with pretty specific questions—like, how does my resume look or how do I write a cover letter?
But, what if you’re one of those people with no specific concerns, someone who just thinks it would be a good idea to visit a career counselor? Or maybe, worse yet, your parents have been bugging you to come in and you’re worried about not having anything to say. How awkward would that be!