You have many special talents and skills to offer to the world. As you become more aware and confident of your interests, abilities and values, you will move closer to knowing how to plan you life. This is not a simple task. However, if you are willing to take time to explore your specific interests and develop your skills, you will discover there is a very logical approach to making good career decisions.
Keep in mind that your career development is a lifelong process. It's not unusual to start your career in one field and switch to another field or job as you gain professional experience and build up a variety of transferable skills. So it is possible that you might make a few or several career or job changes in your lifetime.
At college you will discover wonderful opportunities to explore your interests and gain valuable experience. Get involved in extracurricular or community activities where you can build leadership and team building skills and expand your interests. Take a variety of courses while you are in school that will strengthen your ability to research topics, think analytically and communicate well both in oral presentation and in writing. And seek some new adventures, like studying abroad for a semester.
The best way to discover your career interests is simply to talk to people and to dive into real work experiences. The CDO has many wonderful resources available including internship opportunities, an extern program and a variety of career programs. Check our site regularly for special events and internship and job postings.
As you contemplate the big question of what to do with you life, take advantage of one of the best resources, the CDO has to offer....our staff!! Our counselors are here to provide you with the support and the essential information you need to assess your skills and abilities, evaluate your career choices and make decisions that will ultimately help you achieve your goals.
Figuring out what to do with your life will require patience and effort. At times, you might feel confused or discouraged. But if you stay focused on your strengths and goals and carefully research and explore your career options, you are bound to step onto the right path.