If you’re like me, when you enter your final semester of undergrad, you have no idea what you want to do. For me, I had so many interests that I wasn’t sure which to pursue.
The only thing I knew about my future was that I was not considering graduate school. The idea of a master’s degree was nice, but all I could see were more dollar signs.
When you get to that point, the point where you really need to figure out what you’re going to do, it’s best to consider every possibility.
For example, those in health sciences, should consider every possible setting they could work in: home care, hospital, private practice, specialty clinics. Don’t limit yourself to one option.
You should also consider the people you’ve met in the field throughout your past four years and see if they are aware of any opportunities. Networking is important, in any field. The unfortunate reality is that getting your dream job is a lot easier if you know people.
Take advantage of internships, placements, and fieldwork. What you learn in the classroom is important, but hands-on experiences will teach you what your future could be like on a day-to-day basis.
Because of my experiences, I have managed to completely change my plan multiple times and have finally found myself pursuing something that just feels right. And this path I’m on never would have presented itself had it not been for the people I have met along that way and my own ability to ask for help.
Overall, my advice is this: Make sure you take time to consider all of your options; going to grad school, jumping right into your career, broadening your options, whatever it may be. No matter what, make sure you take advantage of the resources you’ve collected along the way.