Prepare for Your Career–– Whatever That May Be
Like most students, you probably choose to attend WSU to prepare for a future career. The term “career” can mean different things to different people including:
- pursuing employment after graduation
- continuing your education in graduate school or other programs
- polishing a craft like creative writing, music performance or art
- contributing to an academic discipline through research
- creating your own personal journey
At WSU, we use the term “career readiness” to describe the process of learning and practicing essential competencies that broadly prepare you for a successful life after college in your academic field, workplace, local community or family.
These core competencies
--that is your knowledge, skills, abilities and strengths--are not specifically tied to any individual major or career path. Every WSU graduate can develop career readiness through academic courses, guest speakers, club involvement, student employment and more. It takes being focused and engaged in your college experience.
Thinking of a Career Change?
WSU Career Services is not only here to help current students prepare for their professional experience – we are also here to help WSU alumni and new students who are looking to make a career change!
How do you know if it is time for a change? Here are some signs:
- You dread Monday morning
- You feel unmotivated or bored in your job
- You do not see any potential for growth
- You discover passions for other things and feel pulled towards those areas
- You feel constant stress, and your physical and mental health are suffering
But that is okay – research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that people may change jobs or careers around 12 times in their lives! It may just be a new position with the same organization, or something completely different – and that can lead to increased satisfaction, a more balanced personal life, a higher salar, and more.
WSU Career Services can offer professional counseling to help you determine your next steps, including career and major exploration, as well as self-assessments to help you solidify your goals. WSU also has many undergraduate and graduate programs that are wonderful options for people looking to make a career change.
If you think you might be ready for a career change, connect with Career Services – we are here to help!
Major and Career Myths
Myth: There is only one major and career for me
Truth: Your skills, interests and goals could lead to several majors and careers.
People are not one dimensional, and your job alone does not define you. Your interests, strengths, values, and life goals mean that there are many majors and careers that would be right for you.
Myth: If I choose the “wrong” major, I’ll go into the “wrong” career and struggle my entire life with this decision.
Truth: Many people have multiple jobs over their lifetime and are happy with their career path.
In today’s world, a person graduating from college now will likely change jobs more than seven times. Start with a career that you could see yourself doing for the first five years.
During that time new opportunities will appear based on your strengths, your evolving interests, and your hard work. As doors open, choose the ones that make sense for you!
Myth: Employers only look for certain majors
Truth: Employers look for certain skills.
More and more, employers are stating that what sets the best candidates apart are critical thinking and soft skills.
In fact, most say that they are confident in training new recruits on specific job requirements, but have difficulty finding people with a good work ethic and skilled in:
Myth: The best careers are the ones with best employment outlook and best salaries
Truth: The best careers are the ones that you love!
Why would you want to do something for any length of time that is not enjoyable even with a high salary?
It may be that you do choose a career that pays very well and is in demand. But don’t make your decision based solely on these factors.
Myth: Liberal Arts and Humanities majors are usually unemployable after college
Truth: A degree in Liberal Arts provides the essential soft skills employers want.
Most often, employers are looking for soft skills, emotional intelligence rather than IQ, and culture fit. So, choosing a Liberal Arts or Humanities major doesn't mean you are destined for a poor career.
Employers want to see that you can adapt, work well in teams, know how to take criticism, critically think as well as fit into their culture. They can teach you the other skills needed for your particular position.