What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
Many college students have stress and doubts when answering this question. Consider what factors are holding you back from making a decision. Do you find it difficult to decide on only one career path?
If so, you could be a multipotentialite or someone who has mutliple career paths that are "right" for them. Watch this highly rated TED Talk by artist and writer Emilie Wapnick to find out more.
If you have no idea what majors/careers interest you, see the Exploring Majors and Careers section below.
Nurturing Your Inner Multipotentialite
1. Take the Focus2 Career Planning Readiness assessment to get advice on making your career decision.
2. Consider adding a minor to your degree or taking classes outside of your major related to skills and interests.
3. Review the course requirements for your majors of interest. Focus on what skills, knowledge you would like to gain. Can't decide on just one major? Consider creating your own special major or look at interdisciplinary majors such as behavioral science.
4. Use your intuition to make a final decision. (Forbes, 2018)
Exploring Majors and Careers (For the Open/Exploring Student)
Maybe your answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is "I'm not sure", or "I don't know yet."
Exploring is assessing personality, interests, skills, values to determine your work purpose.
Debunking Major and Career Myths
Steps to Finding Your Purpose
Find out who you are and do it on purpose - Dolly Parton
2. Complete the Values Assessment to explore work values and determine what is important for your everyday worklife.
3. Highlight your current skills on the Identifying Transferable Skills List to identify what skills you enjoy using and/or would like to further develop.
4. Connect with professionals in your field of interest for Informational Interviews (video), which are short 20-30min career conversations that can provide insight on if a career path is a good match for you. ReviewConducting Informational Interviews (PDF) for more tips and advice on informational interviewing.
5. Explore your interests further by using SJSU Handshake to search for career panels, information sessions, job fairs, and alumni events.
6. Still stuck or need some support through this process? Meet with a career counselor at the SJSU Career Center!