Many colleges divide their programs into groups that go together called meta-majors or career paths. For example, Nursing, Massage Therapy, and Mental Health Counselor could all fall under the heading of Health Care. Check with your college’s website to see what career paths/meta-majors they offer and explore the different paths available to you in that area.
Information Interviews are a great source for gathering information about a job or career field in which you are currently interested. You can request an informational interview with someone who does what you want to do – you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.
A great way to find out about a field of interest is to volunteer at a business that is in the career field you want to learn about. You get hands on experience in the field and can find out if you are really interested.
Think you’d like to be a veterinarian? –> Volunteer at the animal shelter or a vet clinic.
Think you’d like to be a teacher? –> Volunteer in a classroom or at an after-school program for kids
An Internship is a great way to get real world experience in a career in which you are interested. Internships can be paid or unpaid, but both can help you make sure that career field really is where you want be in the future, build your resume, and help you network for future opportunities. In fact, 97.6% of interns recommend internships to others and are more likely to get a full-time job when they are done with their training program.
Depending on your family size there is a minimum amount of money needed to meet the basic needs for survival. As your family grows, this will grow as well. The Self Sufficiency calculator below will help you to calculate this number based on your family.
But this number does NOT include extras like vacations, the latest cell phone, nights out on the town, or savings for the future. The Reality Check calculator can help you get a better idea of the income needed for the lifestyle you want based on where you live.
Calculate the income needed for your family’s basic needs.
Calculate the income needed for your desired lifestyle.
As we go through life our family can change and grow. Marriage and number of children can impact how much money we need. Make sure the job/career you are looking at has room for income growth that will meet these needs. You can figure out how much money you need for your future family using the calculators from the previous question and answering the questions based on your planned family.
Select a salary range at Career Bridge to see careers that would meet your needs.