Published on Feb. 13, 2019
Updated on Dec. 5, 2019
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we thought it would be nice to talk about loving your career. I know sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to find a career path that you feel good about, but I think something to remember is, you will never feel 100% confident about your career choice all the time. There will always be classes you don’t enjoy as much as others and projects you have to work on that you may not love. This does not mean you are in the wrong career field. Every major has their ups and downs, but the ups should outweighs downs most of the time. You should feel a sense of excitement when you think about your future and the idea of getting a job that allows you to use your talents and strengths someday!
Some of you might be thinking, “What if the downs outweigh the ups? What if I am not excited about what seem to be the future possibilities with this major?” Well, it may be time to consider researching more about your field (major does not always equal career!), adding and diversifying your education, gaining experience in a part-time job, volunteer role, or internship.
You can find information about potential career fields for majors on majors.missouri.edu, and that is also a great place to look if you want to consider switching majors altogether. You deserve a future you’ll love and the clues to finding a major for you are probably closer than you think!
Let’s start with the research aspect. Sometimes we are looking toward the right career field, we just don’t know enough about it. Let’s say you are passionate about the medical field and you are currently studying health sciences but are slightly unsatisfied. You don’t know the programs, the possibilities or what you can do with your major so you just go through the motions, settling with the information you are given, questioning whether or not you made the right choice.
My advice to you would be to grab a laptop and literally google, “what can I do with a health science degree” and let yourself get lost in the rabbit hole. Follow what interests you, research hospitals, programs, nonprofits, demographics and let your passion guide you towards a specific goal.
If that feels a little overwhelming, let the MU Career Center help you out with the research – check out Mizzou Career Tools and type “healthcare” (or whatever career field you’re searching) in the upper right-hand search bar – you’ll get a list of resources we’ve looked through and found to be useful/helpful. The Career Center also has a wonderful tool called “What Can I do With This Major” that might be worth looking at!
Another suggestion for finding confidence in your career would be adding a minor, a certificate or maybe even double majoring. Mizzou has a whole list of minors and certifications you can get and the qualifications that are needed for each one. By doing this, you can broaden your career opportunities and create something new all together by combining various skills and interests.
At the end of the day, if you are still unsure about what major to decide on, visit us at the Career Center and you can talk to a career specialist about major exploration. Here at the Career Center we have different assessments that can help you narrow your search such as Focus2, Missouri Card Sort and CliftonStrengths.
As a student, you also have access to Career Counselors who will schedule ongoing one-on-one appointments with you to further discuss your future. These appointments can be made on MU Connect through Canvas and require completion of a brief 30-minute intake appointment to get started.
Don’t settle for less and take control of your future! Do what you love and love what you do.