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Apr 1, 2013 Eve Hullett, Distance-Education.org Columnist | 0 Comments

There is a lot to consider when choosing college, a major, and ultimately a career path. It is always a good idea to research the fields you are interested in before committing to a major. There are several approaches to answer the classic question; "What do you want to be when you grow up?" As a child you probably answered with your dream job, like an astronaut, veterinarian or a movie star. Your childhood answer may not be a bad place to start. So, think big and consider your dream job then look at the typical career paths or careers in that field. For example, say you want become a Chief Financial Officer, then a CPA may be required and a master program with bachelors in accounting. Another way to consider career options is if you have general area that you are passionate about and see what type of jobs are available in that field. If you love animals then look into all the jobs available working with animals, such as a vet tech, zoo keeper or a fund raising coordinator for an animal shelter. Another way to tackle this question is to look at different college and the majors offered then search for typical jobs with that degree.

As much as college is about the experience after you receive a diploma whether it be at an undergraduate level or a graduate level, usually the ultimate goal is to start a career. Therefor, thinking about an overall goal or career path is important to consider when choosing a college or major.

Many people often choice businesses as a major because it is a board field with loads of opportunities. However, there are certain areas in which the job market is more competitive or where different levels of education are requited. Sometimes student will pick a concentration or a businesses related field such as, economics, finance, accounting, marketing or management. Once you have picked a general area of business that interests you consider these questions:

  • Is it a growing field that you will be able to gain employment?

  • What is the length of time you are looking to attend school?

  • Which colleges is this major offered at?

  • What are the costs associated with tuition and living expensive as compared to the earning potential in that field?

  • Will relocation be necessary for this field?

These are difficult questions to answer and are best discussed with college representative, guidance counselor, family members and if possible a professional who currently works in that field.

Below is a list of helpful links that have information careers and majors in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and business management:

  • Is it a growing field that you will be able to gain employmen int?

  • What is length of time you are looking to attend school?

  • Which colleges is this major offered at?

  • What are the costs associated with tuition and living expensive as compared to the earning potential?

  • Is relocation necessary for this field?

These are difficult questions and are best discussed with college representative, guidance counselor, family and if possible interview someone who currently works in that field.

Below are a list of links that have information on accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and business management:

Accounting

  1. Careers In Accounting Website

  2. Information on Careers in Accounting

  3. Four Types of Accounting

  4. List of Accounting Certifications in a pdf

  5. Different Types of Accounting Jobs

Finance

  1. A Website for only Careers in Finance

  2. A Guide to Finance Careers by Columbia

  3. A List of Careers in Banking and Finance from Cornell

  4. A List of the Top 50 Banks to work for by Vault.com

  5. Article on Banking and Finance Jobs


3. Economics

  1. List of Careers in Economics from the University of Wisconsin

  2. Career Services at Rutgers list of Economic Careers

  3. What careers follow the economics baccalaureate?

  4. Careers Profile for Economics

  5. Economic Careers

Marketing

  1. Notre Dame's list of Careers in Marketing

  2. Information about Careers in Market Research form Michigan State University

  3. Article about the difference between Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

  4. Article: An Introduction to Marketing Careers

  5. A List and Brief Definitions of Types of Marketing

  6. General Information on Marketing Majors

Management

  1. Types of Management and Management Roles

  2. Book List about Careers in Business

  3. Different Types of Careers in Business and their Titles

  4. Business School Accerditation

  5. Highest Paying Jobs for Business Majors

  6. 10 Fastest Growing Careers for Business Majors

Career Information and Job Searching Sites:

  1. Berkeley Career Center Business Information

  2. United States Bureau of Labor Statics page on Occupational Statistics

  3. Business Career and Salaries

  4. Average Salary by Job and Location

  5. Career Planning Quiz

  6. Fortune 500 Companies as of 2012

  7. Careers in Business

  8. A Site that Searches Several Job Searches at one time

  9. Get Daily Job Openings

  10. Post your Resume or Search Jobs on Monster.com

  11. Take an Inside Look at Companies with GlassDoor.com

  12. Job Searching for Only Not for Profits

  13. Government Job Search

College Guidance Websites:

  1. Princeton Review of Best Business Schools

  2. Steps for Choosing a College

  3. A List of Questions to Ask When Looking at Colleges

  4. Two Year Business Degree Programs

  5. An Informative List on Fulltime MBA Schools

  6. Helps to Match Interests and Majors

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eve Hullett

With years of experience in the field of non-profit education, Eve has done it all. From teaching to tutoring, Eve has worked with hundreds of students to help them succeed in their pursuit of a college education. Today, when Eve is not enjoying a day of hiking, she spends her time writing articles on the strategies and methods of being a good student and fulfilling your goals for a college education.

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