Q&A: College and Career (2.1.2022)

1. What do I do if I don't know what I want to study in college or am undecided on my career?

Follow the steps below:

A. Take some time to learn and discover your strengths, talents, and passions before picking an education. There are many workshops, trainings, and programs that can help you learn more about your strengths, talents, and passions. Just do a simple research online.

B. Write down everything that you have discovered about your strengths, talents, and passions.

C. Circle the top 3 strengths you believe best fit you. Choose the strength that you are most passionate about.

D. Do some research on the different types of careers that fit with your top strength.

E. Research the education that best supports your chosen career.

If you are afraid to declare a major, then you can start slowly by just taking a course to test out your strength to see if it is what you want or not. And then, move your way up by enrolling in a small program such as a training or certificate before pursuing a degree.

You must understand that your education and career is a lifelong journey. This means there will always be something that you can learn to understand your strengths, talents, and passions better. Sometimes you might discover a unique strength of yourself later in life that might require you to make a shift in your education or career. And that is how it should be. You are a human being, which means you will never know your true strengths, talents, and passions. The only thing you can do is learn and develop yourself to make the best decision in the present moment and move forward from there.

2. At what age or when should I start my career?

Your career should start the moment you decide on an education. Your education and career should be parallel to each other. This means the moment you learn something from your education; you want to see how you can apply it to start or make your career stronger. You want to go out and test your learned knowledge. Testing your knowledge not only helps you discover if your education best matches your strengths, talents, and passions or not, but it also gives you experience, which is essential to have in the workforce.

3. How do I start and grow my career?

You start your career by using your current knowledge and skills. You do not want to develop the mindset of believing that you should wait until you have enough knowledge and skills to get started. No matter how much knowledge and skills you might have, there will always be new knowledge and skills that you would need to learn in the future to grow your career. The key is to start, learn, and grow from there.

You must become a lifelong learner to continue your education to grow your career. Continuing your education does not mean you have to get another formula degree at a university but continue to learn in some format to grow. There are three common ways to learn: formal, informal, and self-education. Formal education is when you attend a college or university to get a degree. Informal education is by attending training, workshops, or programs that are not credited by the educational system. Self-education is when you do your own research and learn through reading books, watching videos, etc. With the internet and the advanced technology you have today, there are many ways and opportunities to help you learn and grow yourself and your career. It just depends on your effort of learning and applying.

Your education should help your career grow. Your career should help you pick the right education. They pay off each other to grow your career and yourself. You must also learn and do something different to get different results in your career. Do not expect to get a different result with the same learning and effort. Your career is a part of you. As your career grows, you should be growing as well.

4. How do I determine if something is my passion or not?

Your passion gives you enjoyment daily. Even though you will encounter challenges, you will enjoy learning and growing to make your passion a success.

You wake up every morning feeling excited and motivated to do great things with your passion.

You feel that you can positively contribute to your community, society, and the world.

You are proud that you can discover, learn, and grow to become a better person because of your passion.