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Frequently Asked Questions — Careers
Questions about careers
- What if I need help deciding what kind of career I want?
- What if I choose the wrong career?
- How can I gain work experience while I’m in school?
If you are not sure what type of career you want there are many resources available that can help you match your interests with a career. You can search the Internet for a skills and interest test you can take for free. After you take the test, you will receive a profile of your abilities and interests and you will be given a list of jobs that match your skills and interests. You may not end up with a specific job, but you can definitely narrow your choices. Ask your counselor if such a test is offered at your school or if they can suggest a Web site that might offer an online inventory. Some colleges also provide career counseling centers designed to help adults figure out what career would be best for them. You can also gain knowledge of various careers by getting involved in extracurricular activities, volunteering for a local charity, or getting involved with your community. Ask your high school counselor to suggest some reading material or visit AIE’s Explore Careers page for more info.
The benefits of getting a college degree is that it offers many opportunities to go in many different directions. If you decide in the future that you want to change your career path, as many often do, a degree along with work experience will make the transition to a new career path easier.
Most of your college credits can be transferred towards another degree thereby giving you a head start versus the freshman who are starting college for the first time. Keep in mind that even if you decide to change major before completing your degree, most universities and colleges will allow you to receive credit for the classes you have already taken.
Begin by thinking about what kind of experience you would like to gain and then talk to your academic counselor at your school. Enlist their help in getting you the resources and connections to do an internship within the school or a local company. There are many organizations that need volunteers and you’ll get the opportunity to learn about various different organizations and what their day-to-day business entails. Get involved in extracurricular activities at your school that will help you get familiar with your community.
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