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Finding Your Career Passion

The following article is by a Guest Blogger from TechMediaNetwork.

For many students, choosing a Specialization is the most difficult part of their college experience as it means committing to a chosen profession despite obvious inexperience in the field. This leads many students to change majors frequently, wasting valuable time and resources, and creates undue anxiety among uncertain students who are afraid to commit wholeheartedly to an unknown.

Fortunately, there are many, many resources, both on campus and off, to help students learn about prospective careers and be able to feel comfortable and passionate about embarking down a particular career path.

The School of Information (http://www.si.umich.edu/) in the North Quad offices for example, offers students a comprehensive Career Development Office to navigate the myriad career possibilities including Career Counseling, Internships and Employer Research, to name just a few.

There are also many incredible resources online that can help a student winnow down the career options, such as NorthOrion.com(http://www.northorion.com/careers) which offers in-depth information on a vast selection of professions and trades.

When choosing a Specialization and finding your career passion, there are a few essential factors students should consider:

Skills and talents—If you are a born writer, you aren’t much good at math and don’t enjoy it, it wouldn’t make any sense at all to struggle to become a math teacher and then not enjoy your job each day. By the time you reach college age, you will have acquired many talents and it’s important to recognize that they’ve become your talents because they are things you enjoyed doing growing up. So, start by writing down your skills and talents and brainstorming careers where they might be employed.

Interests—Being very interested in your profession will bring continuous fulfillment throughout your career and is crucial to consider when preparing to enter the workforce. A very wise woman once said, “Do what you love and the rest will follow…the money, career advancement, everything.” This sage advice has proved true time and again and is a good rule of thumb when choosing between careers.

Marketability—You may be passionate about and good at underwater basket weaving, but you must consider whether there is a market for your particular trade. If you search the want ads or internet and can’t find a single job listing for underwater basket weavers, you may want to reconsider your career choice. On the flip side, you should consider whether a market is completely saturated with talented and more experienced candidates.

Potential Earning Capability—Although this shouldn’t be your primary focus in finding your career passion, it will play a definite role in deterring you if entering the field means taking a 50% pay cut from your part-time college job. You must consider whether your prospective job will pay even modest bills. If not, then you might consider making that your hobby, volunteer work or part-time job and choosing another profession as your primary career.

Ultimately, if you use the resources as your disposal to research careers, find one you will enjoy, be good at and works with the life you want, and you will indeed find your career passion.

Posted by kkowatch at October 8, 2010 03:48 PM

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