Career-related decisions are ones that shouldn’t be made in haste. Their importance in shaping professional development, personal well-being, and financial security tell us we should devote the time and resources necessary to make well-informed decisions. Students in their first semester of college typically aren’t focused on these issues. Understandably, they are more concerned with adjusting to college life. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be wise for a student to wait until the senior year to begin the career planning process.
If your student hasn’t selected a major or becomes unsure about the one he or she has declared, encourage a visit to the Center for Career and Professional Development. Our career counselors offer a variety of resources, including skills, interests, and values assessments and one-on-one counseling sessions that can provide the information and confidence needed to make those decisions. But meeting with a career counselor only to select a major isn’t nearly enough. Decisions about identifying a career goal and the steps needed to successfully achieve it also benefit enormously from such meetings. So, encourage your student to regularly visit the Center for Career and Professional Development each year of his or her Regis education to take full advantage of all services and resources it offers.
And if you have any doubt about the usefulness of such a strategy, consider this: a study conducted by a graduate student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio concluded that college students who use the full range of career center services tend to be more optimistic and feel more prepared about transitioning from college to career.