Step 3 – Career Planning – Make A Decision And Plan

Step 3 – Make A Decision And Plan

Action Plan

Once you’ve got an idea about what you want to do with your life, you need a plan to make it happen.

Start with these steps:

1) Choose a field of study. Think about what type of degree (two-year, four-year, graduate degree, etc.) you need for the career you want. Then decide on a specific major, if possible. Use the Degree Finder Tool to see what degrees are needed for certain careers.

2) Choose a school. Choose the school that will best help you meet your career goals. It should be a school that offers the type of degree and major you want to pursue. Keep in mind, this may not be the school your parents went to, or the school your friends are planning to attend. Use the Degree Finder Tool to see which colleges in Mississippi offer certain degree programs.

3) Get admitted. See the Apply for Admissions section.

4) Find financial aid to pay for college. See the Financial Aid section.

5) Go to college!

Decision Making

Finding jobs and careers that interest you may not be the problem. The problem might be making a decision.

It is estimated that today’s college graduates will have seven careers (not seven jobs) in their working lifetime. Clearly, we all have trouble making career decisions! Nevertheless, you will have to select a major, so it will help if you narrow down the field of possibilities.

Some experiences that will aid in the decision-making process include:

  • Job-shadowing
  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Part-time jobs