Career Development 101

How to Select a College Major

How many young people will go off to college this fall with the hope of figuring out what they want to do with their lives?  Today, many colleges are requiring the selection of a major as part of the application process.  Among the most hated questions other than “when are you going to get married?” is the dreaded “what are you going to major in?” followed by the most hated of them all “what are you going to do with your life?”

How many people do you know who have started on an education or career path only to find out later that this is not what they want to do the rest of the life?  This past weekend I was in Napa, CA – famous for its vineyards and wines.  We visited a very nice winery and got to talking to the sommelier (person who serves wine).   He was about 25 years of age, incredibly personable, and said he had graduated as a Mechanical Engineer.  Now wait a minute, why did he leave the financial security of a career in engineering to pursue a career in the wine industry?

It is rather simple, after a few years he decided that engineering was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  He had worked for a winery in the past and loved it, so he decided to follow his passion.  So what’s more important, financial security or happiness?  Even more importantly is there a way to achieve both?

 

Education and Career Consulting

Unfortunately, this is a very common situation, as concluded in a study by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development – Rutgers University, “While they are satisfied with their decision to attend college and graduate with a four-year degree, three-quarters of college graduates said they would do something different if they could start college over again. (See Figure 14.) Large percentages said they would have been more careful about their choice of major (48%), done more internships or worked part time (47%), and started looking for work sooner before finishing college (38%).”

Source: “Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy”
By Jessica Godofsky, M.P.P., Cliff Zukin, Ph.D., Carl Van Horn, Ph.D.
May 2011
http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/content/Work_Trends_May_2011.pdf

 

Success is a Journey

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Ashe, Professional Tennis Player

I highly respect Arthur Ashe, he was truly a person to be admired and honored. However I am not in total agreement with this quote, so let me tell you why.

IF the journey involves overcoming the challenges YOU WANT TO FACE, yes successfully overcoming the challenges is definitely part of the journey.  However, what if the journey involves challenges that are not really the ones you welcome, or do not succeed at overcoming, then the journey is NOT a success.  This also assumes one knows their destination, which is of course the single biggest challenge in education and employment today.

To this rock climber, as he finds the right foot and hand holds, he is having success each step of the way, AND it is certainly a success when he makes it to his destination, the top of his climb. (This is NOT a journey I care to take, and the thought of traveling on this path is the farthest thing from my mind.)

To be successful means to truly want to reach a destination that involves the challenges you are willing and able to overcome. Are you gladly facing the challenges you want to have as you move towards your destination in your education or work?  Are you shaping and creating the challenges you know will help you arrive at your desired destination? Are you going in the direction of your dreams, and are you on the right path to creating your future?

If your answer is “NO” to any of these questions, learn more about THE FOUNDATIONS OF BRILLIANCE and have a successful journey to the destination you want to reach.

All the best,

Bernard and Lee

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