Are you overwhelmed at the thought of starting your career after college? It’s a big step, but it’s one you can prepare for – and we want to help! Let’s start by debunking those crazy career myths you probably hear all too often.
1. Your major will determine your career.
Maybe, but not necessarily. Many students actually end up working in fields that aren’t entirely related to their major. Your major sets you up with skills that appeal to a variety of careers – not just one!
2. You need to know your future career when you graduate.
That’s a lot of pressure, isn’t it? Don’t worry, it’s actually super normal to not know what you want to do. The more experience you gain taking on jobs after college, the more you’ll get an understanding of what you like and don’t like. Be patient – there’s no rush!
3. You can’t get your dream job unless you know the right people.
Yes, connections are important. But don’t assume you have no shot at your dream job just because you’re not best buddies with some fancy executives. If you build your experience, work hard and network often, the opportunities are limitless!
4. You have one perfect calling.
Imagine how unhappy you would be if you always assumed you haven’t found the one job you’re meant for. Keep an open mind – there isn’t just one best fit career for you!
5. Once you have a job, you’re stuck on that career path.
It’s never too late to change careers. Chances are, the skills and experience you’ve built will apply to other career paths as well! If not, there’s no reason why you can’t take some courses to learn a new skill set for a job you’re more interested in.
6. You should choose a job based solely on your skills.
You were great at math your whole life, so you should get a job as an engineer, right? Nope, not necessarily. Just because you’re skilled in something doesn’t mean you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, why spend your whole career doing it? Try to find a nice balance, instead.
7. If you’re unsure of what you want to do, you should go to grad school.
That’s a pretty expensive decision! Grad school is a great option if you want to advance your career, but it certainly doesn’t apply to every career path. There are easier (and cheaper!) ways to figure out what you want to do – like taking on different types of jobs, internships, or classes to see what appeals to your interests.
What’s your biggest fear about starting a career? Share your feedback in the comments below, or offer some advice to fellow readers!