By Jeffry Willadsen, Global Campus Senior Writer
One of the most important decisions we make in life is which career path to follow. Whether you have no clue what you want to do, or you just need help achieving your career goals, WSU Global Campus provides a valuable service you can take advantage of: personalized career support.
Chris Miller, Global Campus’ career counselor, provides individualized counseling to current and prospective students who request it.
“I work with people in all phases of their career journey,” said Miller. “Some people don’t know what career field or major they want to get into. Others have a specific career and goals in mind, but just need help getting there. Some are preparing to graduate and start the job hunt. Whatever you need, I’m here to help.”
Chris uses a four-step method to help students along their path to career success. The process begins with a self-assessment, followed by an external assessment, a decision-making process and, finally, taking action.
“I meet students where they are along their career journey, so we don’t always start from step one,” said Miller. “It just really depends on what your unique needs are.”
If you are still deciding which career patch or major is best for you, you are not alone. Up to 50% of students begin college undecided on their major and 75% of students change their major at least once. For students in this phase, it is important to start with a self-assessment.
Evaluating your interests, what you are good at, and what is important to you regarding a working lifestyle are all integral to a good self-assessment, said Miller.
Next, Chris helps students do an external assessment, evaluating the job market, educational and licensing requirements, and other important factors involved in entering specific career fields. This is followed by a decision period, and then taking actions like submitting resumes and contacting employers.
After going through this four-step process with many Global Campus students, Chris has come to the conclusion that quality higher education is truly an investment in your career and your future.
“From the data I’ve seen and from my own personal experience, it’s clear that getting a college degree is going to open up the most doors for you in today’s job market,” said Miller. “Having at least a four-year degree is becoming standard for many career fields, and it will make you much more competitive as you search for that perfect job.”
If you wish to request career counseling, fill out the career counseling request form on the Global Campus website.