"You've got to find what you love. . . Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Stanford University Commencement Address
Delivered by Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Computer
June 12, 2005
As you begin your college journey, you need to discover a field of study that will lead to a fulfilling career. According to CareerFocus, 25% of college freshmen are undecided about their major, and over 75% of college students will change their major at least once while in college. So, choosing a career first, and then finding a major that will prepare you for that career will make your college experience more productive and worthwhile.
Know Your Values - Identify values, such as lifestyle, work environment, and family relationships which can influence your most important career decisions.
Learn About Yourself - Learn more about your personality, your individual talents, and your "likes & dislikes".
- Career S.E.L.F. Assessment: Finding a Career that Works for You - 32 minute video broken into 6 short segments.
Identify Your Skills - Evaluate and make a list of your skills, so that you are prepared to inform others about your strengths.
Research Career Options - Learn more about careers that interest you. Focus on pay scales, hiring trends, educational requirements, and overall job satisfaction.
Browse the College & Careers Collection of books in the LSC-Kingwood Library. These books can be identified by the Red Tape located on the spine of the book. In order to check out books or access eBooks, use your Lone Star College Student ID/Library Card. Visit the Circulation Desk at the college library in order to obtain your card.
Link Your College Major & Your Career - Learn about a degree or certificate that is required for a career. If you have a particular interest in one college major, research the various jobs that are held by graduates with that major.
Citation Examples for Commonly used Websites (MLA 5.6.2):
United States. Dept. of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. " Librarians." Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2012-13 Edition. Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections,
29 Mar. 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2012.
CareerOneStop. "Occupation Profile: Financial Managers: Texas." CareerInfoNet.org. U. S. Dept.of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration, 2012. Web.14 Apr. 2012.
Occupational Information Network (O*NET). "Summary Report for: 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses."Citation Example for Career Monograph in Print (MLA 5.5.15):
O*NET Online. National Center for O*NET Development, 2010. Web. 8 Apr. 2012.
Institute for Career Research. Careers in Engineering: Structural Engineer. Chicago: Inst. for Career Research,Note: Change areas in RED to match your researched career and the data you found the information.
2008. Print. Institute Research No. 297.
Ask A Professional - tips
LSC- Kingwood Career Services has a list of professions on campus who you can interview. Contact Jill Todd for further information.
Look at the professional associations listed in the information about career you are exploring while you are in the Most Useful Databases.
Linked in is a social media site in which professional network. This is a great place to build connections in professional associations and to professionals in the field. You can participate in forums about career related subjects, share information, and send messages.
There are many ways to get advice, network, and find work. Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter can be helpful. Keep in mind that you leave a digital footprint. Think abotu the information, videos, and pictures potential employers might find of you if they were to Google your name.
Another great place to network are local Chamber of Commerce.
If you still don't know what you want to major in, Academic Advisors and Counselors are available to discuss the various programs and certificate options available in the Lone Star College System.
Page created by J. Clark, 8/2011 | revised MM 9/13