Take the Leap – Choosing the Program That Is Right for You7 July 2014
Going to college is a big step. Whether you are a recent high school graduate who wants to get started with your career quickly or someone interested in furthering your education, making the right choice can set you up for a job you’ll love. So, what questions can guide you through the process and how will you know when you have settled on a degree program? At Pioneer Pacific College, we encourage all of our students to meet with an Admissions Officer to discuss interests, short term and long term goals. Our experienced counselors can help to guide you to a program that fits you best. Before you set up an appointment, we recommend using these guidelines to begin the process.
Consider your interests. Finding things you take pleasure in doing and incorporating them into your career path will not only make work more enjoyable but the path that leads there will be more enjoyable as well. Are you analytical or more philosophical? Do you prefer solitary work or group projects? Do you love science or literature? It’s the big picture questions that can help to guide your search toward a general career field.
Assess your skills but don’t be too critical. Innate skills, like being excellent with animals, great at math or an exceptional writer, can’t necessarily be taught. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Do what you’re good at”, and it’s true! Identifying skills that you can capitalize on, build upon and eventually create a career based upon can help to guide the process. You can also assess your skills and determine which ones you want to focus on expanding and enhancing. It is goal setting like this that can point toward career paths that complement your skills and enhance them.
Take a step back. Prior to college, did you have any jobs that you liked or disliked? By taking a step back and objectively assessing the root of your enjoyment or dissatisfaction, you may find overarching goals or tendencies you may not have noticed before. Did you love working at a coffee shop but hated working in retail? Where do those two roles intersect and where they differ may indicate a skill or preference that can be used to make further career choices.
Research career options. Some degrees are more flexible than others so understanding your choices after graduation and understanding your day-to-day duties can also help you prepare and choose the best fit for you. Informational interviews are a great way to get a feel for the career you are considering. It’s also a great way to start networking with local employers that you may wish to work for in the future. Many employers will welcome interested students in for an information session.
By taking some time to thoughtfully consider these types of questions, you’ll be one step closer to choosing the right path for you. If you’re still torn or confused or just overwhelmed by the number of career choices, the Admissions Officers at Pioneer Pacific College are available to help you finalize the choice that is right for you. Even better, after graduation, Pioneer Pacific College offers one-on-one job search assistance to help you land your first job! Learn about taking the first steps toward enrollment from our Admissions Department. Before you meet with a counselor, be sure to check out the programs offered at Pioneer Pacific to get a better idea of what we offer and how Pioneer can help get you on track to a career you’ll love!