To all my Undecided scholars out there–this post is for you. Whether you’re switching majors every other week or pursuing a major you don’t really care about, don’t worry, we’re all still trying to figure it out. I know it might seem like everyone knows what their next move is, especially being here at Cal, but trust me, it’s all a part of being a college kid.
So if you’re still trying to figure it out, the first thing you should do is this: take a deep breath. I know it seems super stressful every time registration time comes around or when a random friend you met at a club once posts on facebook about another internship, but all you need to do is take a deep breath. You have time. You’ll find your internship and you’ll find your path.
Alright, now that you’ve calmed down a little bit, we can get down to the nitty gritty.
While academic advisors and friends and parents and family and cousins are all valid options to ask for help, going to the Career Center will break it down to a science for you. There are tests you can take and counselors you can talk to at the Career Counseling Library that will show you which jobs you are the most compatible with. Setting up an appointment at the Career Center will get you a 30 minute session with an experienced counselor who will be able to connect you to some very helpful resources.
Among these resources includes Vault, a huge textbook of insider information on different occupations, career fairs happening on campus, handshake, the go to resource for berkeley students, and a whole lot more.
Once you’ve gone to the Career Center, you’ll hopefully feel a lot better, but chances are you’ll still have a lot to figure out on your own. So what’s next?
Linkedin will be your best friend. Get to know it as best as you can because the Cal alumni network is vast and you’re going to want to take advantage of it. Connect with people in the jobs or majors you’re possibly interested in and 9 times out of 10 they’ll be happy to answer a couple questions you have about their path. The Career Center can give you great tips on how to approach that conversation.
The best way to figure it out is by being open. Open to everything. Talk to real people in real jobs and do your research. It’ll take time, but trust me, you’ll figure it out. And if you’re still feeling lost, drop by the Career Center and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!
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