Choosing Your Career and Pickingthe Right Major
One of the best ways to avoid excessive debt after college, is choosing the right major and career path for you. It sounds simple, but this one mistake leads to extra time in college and often greater debt.
At ISM we believe a few quick exercises not only help you save time and extra effort, but can pay great financial dividends. A quick skills matching exercise, information about careers you are considering and what compensation you can expect for them, as well as an internship can be extremely valuable.
Using the Skills Profiler, list your skills and match them with job types where those skills are used. Investigating career fields that match your interests and skills will help to find a career path you’ll enjoy. You’ll also be able to connect that path with a college major. Read More »
Taking a look at the Major and Career Profiles will allow you to get more information on a particular career path. You’ll also find college majors that are related to that field. Learning more about a career will help you select a major and help set expectations for your future career. Read More »
Knowing the salary and income information for a particular career can aid in making a decision between two career paths or majors. Even if the two paths are similar they may have distinctly different pay rates. Understanding the income of a particular field will also be helpful when picking a college. Read More »
Exploring Internships & Job Shadowing
You now have some ideas on what you might like to do, but nothing is set in stone. How might you decide if you like a career path or major? Two words: Try it! Internships are a great way to meet people in a career field you have interest in. You can get their thoughts and get some hands on experience to see if you like what you’re doing. You may find out that you really don’t like it and that’s okay. Try something else. Read More »