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Major Problems College Students Face In Choosing a Career

September 17, 2021
by
Gabe Nelson

Choosing the right career that you want to follow to help you get ahead in life is an important step when you are done with college. This is a big decision that you need to consider and it is sometimes hard to know which one is right for your needs.

While the degree you choose is going to be an important step to consider here, it is just the first step. There are several major problems that a college student may have to face when it is time to choose the perfect career to help them in the future. Some of these major problems include:

Lack of Guidance

College is supposed to be a time when you can get the guidance you need to make important decisions. Not all students are going to be able to get the right counseling and career guidance that they need. This can make it hard for them to choose the right career that will get them ahead in life.  

Without the proper career guidance while in school, the student is not going to get the valuable opportunity in order to learn all the different choices that are available based on their interests. They may feel like they only have one or two options available and can feel discouraged because they aren’t that fond of any of them.

Financial Conditions

It is not an uncommon issue for students to work on choosing their careers while there is a poor financial condition. There are a lot of expenses that all students will have to handle when they enroll or register for any type of college. And it is going to add up over the four years or more that the student is in school.  

On top of this, many families of the student are not able to help out with the education, no matter how much they may want. And while there are some scholarships and options to help keep the costs of education down, not all students are aware of this while some are not going to be eligible for it.  

With poor financial conditions, the student is already set up for defeat. They may have to just take the first job that they can find. They need to pay their bills off, so they go with a career that they may not like that much in the hopes of at least making a paycheck.

Copycat Decisions

Because too many students are not getting the career guidance that they need, it is common for them to make some misinformed decisions because they are all on their own. In the process, college students tend to take a course as their career objective simply because they know someone else who is doing it.  

Many times the student is not going to understand that the degree they choose to pursue is very important and that it is meant to relate to what kind of work they want to do in the future. They find themselves really lost in the crowd and will just choose to do what others are doing, not thinking about how that will affect them until it is too late.

Fear of Failure

As a young college student, it is normal to be a little bit scared of failing. In that regard, you may make some bad decisions in the hopes of avoiding that failure, but these will make it more difficult to find the life that you want. If you change your mindset and start to see failures more as a stepping stone for success, you can open the path better than before.  

Most students who go to college with limited financial resources worry that if they end up choosing a career that is based only on their interests, or they fail to secure a good job soon after their studies, then they are going to miss out on having any chance in the future.  

This can make them feel like they need to hasten any career choice. They need to either get something right out of college, regardless of if it is something that they would actually like, or they have to take a career that is high paying so they do not end up in debt forever. This is not going to lead to happiness after college though.

They Do Not Try New Things

While college is a great place to plan out your future and figure out what you would like to do, it is also a time to try out new things. Join some fun clubs, try out a few internships, and even find other ways to network and meet someone new. You never know when one of those opportunities will lead to something great in the future.  

There will never be another time in your life where you will be around so many different people from different backgrounds or have as many opportunities to try something new. It is a good time to take advantage of it and see more about your likes and dislikes than ever before.  

You can then easily turn some of these into experiences that will help you get ahead in the future. You may find that a specific niche speaks to you well or that you want to follow a new passion. And that can lead you to the job that you want.

Lack of Qualifications

Many of the most sought-after careers require a graduate degree. Many students write these off as impossible options for them. However, it’s important to remember that your right dream job can be in reach with a little extra education.

The start of your career is just that, the beginning. This is a great time to improve your skills and gain the qualifications you need to grow to higher positions. Earning your business degree online is simple with the right tools and time management. Plus, you can still work your typical work hours with this flexible education option.

Avoiding These Common Mistakes

When it comes to picking a career after college, you need to plan ahead. A career is not going to just fall out of the sky and into your lap. Without the right planning and preparation ahead of time, you will end up in trouble and running out of time by the end of your four years.  

By working with the right guidance counselor, carefully considering what you would like to do in a future career, and utilizing the resources that are available at your college career center, you will be able to create a clear plan that will get you ahead and help you to become successful with whichever career you choose.

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