What is a career?
A career is a general term for what you do with your life, but it usually refers to your work—not just your job, but your progress or advancement throughout your working life. You’ve heard the questions:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“What are you going to do after college?”
“What are you going to do with that degree?”
“What are you going to do to make the world a better place?”
These are all asking you, in one way or another, about your career. Good career coaching starts with your vocation: where your gifts, skills, and talents meet the world’s needs. What you do with that started when you came to Finlandia: the degree you earn here will set you up for your next step and your next step after that, and we need to figure out what those steps will be.
You might be looking for a job. We can help you prepare for that.
You might decide to go to graduate or professional school right after college. We can help you prepare for that.
You might decide to look into service opportunities like AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. We can help you prepare for that.
These things are all part of your career.
You might know right now that you want to be a nurse or an accountant. That’s good, but there’s more to it than that. Do you need education beyond college? Where are you doing to live and work? We will help you make a plan to realize your dreams and aspirations.
Starting Your Career
This episode of the NPR Life Kit podcast will tell you a lot about what you can be doing right now to get your career off to a good start when you finish college. It offers a lot of the same advice you would get in the TRIO SSS Office. Listen to the whole thing. If you can’t, the summary is at 23:20-24:10, with a tip on how to keep your guacamole fresh right afterward. If you’d rather read about it, you can find the summary as an article on the NPR website. Spoiler alert: they tell you to talk to your Career Coach.
Want more career resources and advice?
Stop by the TRIO Student Support Services office Nikander 11