It’s that time of year again! College applications and scholarship deadlines are right around the corner! With all the stress involved in the search for the “right fit” university and making sure you are happy with what you are studying, it’s easy to feel like you don’t know where to start.
With that, I would like to welcome you to Tomorrow’s Dough, a series of articles that will help guide your college application journey and give you resources and tips to navigate this busy time. Through this series, we will navigate finding the right career for you, exploring majors and universities, and understanding (on a basic level) the college admissions process.
Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, this conversation is never too late to have (but it’s also never too early to have). Having a goal in mind of where you want to end up after high school can save you both time and money, and it’s why this series starts at the core of your future journey: career discovery.
By discovering what career you want to end up in, you can narrow your search from 10+ institutions down to a few that are suitable to your needs and wants. Once you figure out what career you want to end up in, you can truly look at all the options available to you and decide which one is best for you! The best way to find what career you would like is to take a Career Discovery Quiz. Here are two options:
- College Board BigFuture Program: The College Board’s BigFuture program is an awesome resource for not only career discovery but also for college planning. Take their Career Quiz (only 10-15 minutes) to find possible career matches based on your likes and dislikes.
- The Princeton Review: The Princeton Review is an education services company providing tutoring, test preparation and admission resources for students. Their Career Quiz (10-15 minutes) is 24 questions with various statements that connect you to possible careers you would enjoy.
Here’s your challenge: take either one of these tests and visit the College Board’s BigFuture Career Search Page after you find the careers that interest you. Search for the career on this site and explore what it entails! Look at their tasks, knowledge, skills, and education requirements.
When you do that, pop the information into the comments! We would love to see what you are interested in.
What do you think is the economic benefit (for society and on a personal level) of having a career goal in mind?