If you are a rising senior in college, you have probably heard a confusing chorus of “follow your passion” and “pay the bills.” It often seems as if a paying job is incompatible with a passion.
As a Master Career Director and a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC), one of my goals is to fill your resume with information that lets you progress in both your career and your passion. For example:
- If your passion is cars and your degree is in finance, you might search for a financial position with an automotive company.
- If your passion is writing and your degree is in engineering, you might become a sought-after technical writer.
- If your passion is selling and your degree is in dentistry, you might consider starting a career based on selling medical or dental equipment or supplies.
- If your passion and your major are in history, but you do not want to teach or enter politics, then be advised that many a history-making CEO started their career as a liberal arts major.
You may feel your degree and passion are at odds, but that is seldom true and does not “condemn” you to a life of unhappiness. If your resume emphasizes your skills, accomplishments, and education in both areas, you may find that the perfect job is within your reach. It helps to have credentials in your passion: even air guitarists have a championship season.
As you enter your senior year in college, I recommend that you begin searching online for careers that combine your passion and your major. There are far more career paths out there than you may be aware of. I also recommend that you begin a brag book for your achievements and milestones as a student, volunteer, or intern in both your career path and your passion. This brag book will form the backbone for developing your resume.
Many college students need help figuring out how to define their career, acknowledge their passion, and write a resume that will get them the job they truly want. If a Master Career Director, a Job and Career Transition Coach, and a professional resume writer will help, please contact me today. Let’s explore your opportunities together.