If you’re considering college, you may also be thinking about a future career.

The college experience is more than just occupational training. Nonetheless, college can provide both a well-rounded education while also empowering you to pursue your passions and excel in a meaningful career.

College is the perfect environment to explore your options. You don’t have to have your life mapped out the minute you set foot on campus. Take a variety of classes, meet people with different interests, join organizations, talk to your career center, and find what interests you.

Here are some other factors to consider.

Is Money the Most Important Factor in Choosing a Career?

The first question you might ask when considering a career is “What does it pay?”

This is not surprising. Most students have borrowed thousands of dollars for their education and are looking forward to paying off that debt. Also, the value of a salary is easy to understand; the more zeroes after the first digit, the better.

But never make your decision on salary alone.

Students tend to overemphasize pay when considering careers. Money is important, but it’s more important that you like your job. If you like your job, chances are you’ll be good at it. And if you’re good at your job, eventually you will be financially rewarded.

Why is Interest Important in Choosing a Career?

Deciding on a career path is like making any decision.

It’s personal.

Begin by identifying your values, skills, and interests.

  • What is important to you?
  • What skills do you have or do you need to develop?
  • What do you enjoy doing?

You need to identify careers that are a good fit for you.

If you’re wondering which careers or majors appeal to you, then consider using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This test uses scientifically based insights to categorize personalities into 16 possible types. The end result is that you’ll understand yourself better so you can make a career choice that best fits your personality.

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Does it Matter What Degree You have when Choosing a Career?

Careers often correspond with a particular major.

That said, majors do not always dictate your career. For example, many people with a degree in accounting will go on to become accountants. But they may also become auditors, compensation managers, budget analysts, financial advisers, and more.

Many history majors have gone on to become historians. But they’ve also become writers, librarians, or museum curators, to name a few.

How Do I Decide What to Major In?

There’s a lot to figure out as a college freshman, but making sure you’re setting off on the right foot when it comes to choosing a college major and a future career definitely shouldn’t be left up to chance.

Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your adviser or career center to ask for direction. They often have tools, assessments, programs, and experts to help align your interests and experience with a major.

It’s also a good idea to go through a school’s catalog and see what programs interest you.

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