What are you thinking about when you enter college? Most students are only thinking about making friends and taking in all that campus and college has to offer as a freshman. Possibly, they are also still trying to figure out which major to choose. College is exciting indeed (and a freshman should be excited!). But, if you are only thinking about tomorrow or the next month, you will be severely putting your future beyond college at a disadvantage! But, don’t just take my word for it… Let’s hear from experienced professionals making waves in their career every day of the week!
Today’s post is the second in the ‘College and Career Advice That Colleges Won’t Tell You!’. Here we want to give professionals who have been in an established career the opportunity to share their insights. Charity Boman has offered her experienced advice in what to consider NOW to make the most of your future career. Be sure to follow College Careeer Success on Facebook to receive every edition of this new series!
What is your name and occupation?
Charity Boman, Controller
Where did you attend college and what degree(s) did you earn?
Kansas State University, Bachelor’s in Business Accounting
What did you like most about your time in college?
I really enjoyed being surrounded by so many like-minded, similarly focused peers.
What did you like least about your time in college?
What I liked least about college is the realization that the classes only prepare you for so much. I worked my way through college, took internships, and volunteered. It was a combination of all those things that made my career what it is today. If I had only attended college, I would probably still have a job, not a career.
Knowing what you know from your professional career now, what one piece of advice would you offer to a high school junior regarding choosing a major?
I started school intending on being a Chemical Engineer. I was good at Chemistry; it paid well and sounded like a great career choice. The problem was I didn’t ENJOY chemistry. I changed majors to something I actually enjoyed, and I have been successful and achieved my goals.
So many students have a goal to ‘go to college’. The goal should not be going, the goal should be the outcome.
What is something that you would’ve done differently during college or early in your career?
While deciding on where to go to college, I focused too much on ‘getting out of here’, instead of focusing on where I should be to achieve my goals. Sometimes the best choice isn’t halfway across the country, it could be right in your home town.
What is something valuable that you learned outside of the classroom at college?
I worked, some years full time jobs, during my college years. This was by choice. My parents were paying my way, thankfully. BUT, it was at my job that I realized who/what I wanted to be, and exactly what I didn’t want to be. As a Jr./Sr. in high school, you don’t even fully understand the variety of jobs and careers out there. You have to broaden your horizons and open up your level of experiences to know what it is you may enjoy doing.
As a professional now, what advice do you have for college entrants to achieve a successful and fulfilling career?
So many students have a goal to ‘go to college’. The goal should not be going, the goal should be the outcome. Decide what you want to be then pick the path that gets you there. If you start college without a goal, you will not fully utilize its potential.
What one thing do college students need to know about the working world that college will not teach them?
Your degree may help you get the job, but it doesn’t mean you will keep it. It’s your work ethic that will build your career, your degree just gets you in the door.
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