Prepare for Your Career–– Whatever That May Be
Like most students, you probably choose to attend WSU to prepare for a future career. The term “career” can mean different things to different people including:
- pursuing employment after graduation
- continuing your education in graduate school or other programs
- polishing a craft like creative writing, music performance or art
- contributing to an academic discipline through research
- creating your own personal journey
At WSU, we use the term “career readiness” to describe the process of learning and practicing essential competencies that broadly prepare you for a successful life after college in your academic field, workplace, local community or family.
These core competencies-- that is your knowledge, skills, abilities and strengths-- are not specifically tied to any individual major or career path. Every WSU graduate can develop career readiness through academic courses, guest speakers, club involvement, student employment and more. It takes being focused and engaged in your college experience.
The ultimate goal is that you will be confident to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of your work, your life and your communities as our WSU mission states.
But it can be really hard to put your college education and experiences into words. The core competencies framework helps create a common language when you speak with colleagues, faculty, employers, family and the public about how the time you spent at WSU prepared you to be successful.
Thinking of a Career Change?
WSU Career Services is not only here to help current students prepare for their professional experience – we are also here to help WSU alumni and new students who are looking to make a career change!
How do you know if it is time for a change? Here are some signs:
- You dread Monday morning
- You feel unmotivated or bored in your job
- You do not see any potential for growth
- You discover passions for other things and feel pulled towards those areas
- You feel constant stress, and your physical and mental health are suffering
But that is okay – research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that people may change jobs or careers around 12 times in their lives! It may just be a new position with the same organization, or something completely different – and that can lead to increased satisfaction, a more balanced personal life, a higher salary, and more.
WSU Career Services can offer professional counseling to help you determine your next steps, including career and major exploration, as well as self-assessments to help you solidify your goals.
WSU offers many academic programs that are wonderful options for people looking to make a career change.
If you think you might be ready for a career change, connect with Career Services – we are here to help!
Major and Career Myths
Myth: There is only one major and career for me
Truth: Your skills, interests and goals could lead to several majors and careers.
Myth: If I choose the “wrong” major, I’ll go into the “wrong” career and struggle my entire life with this decision.
Truth: Many people have multiple jobs over their lifetime and are happy with their career path.
Myth: Employers only look for certain majors
Truth: Employers look for certain skills.