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Planning for Your Career

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It is never too early to begin planning for your career.  The longer you wait to make a decision, the more you risk delaying degree completion.

What you should do:

  • Job Shadow
    • Arrange for seeing what a job is like from day-to-day
    • Make arrangements well in advance and don’t pressure your contact into saying yes
    • Ideally spend a full working day observing, always spend at least a half a working day
    • Do not interfere with the daily routine of the organization, only observe
    • Note the work environment and duties
    • Ask questions about education and tips for getting into the field
    • Use this sheet to get some ideas on what to ask: informational interviews
    • Download this worksheet to document your job shadow experience.
  • Try it out
    • Talk to academic advisors and instructors in that field to discover if there are current or summer job openings or internships that you might be eligible for
    • Contact NWC Work-Based Learning to investigate internships and/or cooperative-learning work experience opportunities
    • Visit the Financial Aid office to inquire about work study jobs available on campus in your desired field
  • Choose your Major
    • Select a major as early as possible that fits your career choice, visit the What Can I Do With This Major? Website
    • Choose a major you enjoy, you are more likely to excel
    • Don’t choose a major based on income; economy and occupation outlooks change
    • Work through the process of choosing a transfer college 
    • Work with your academic advisor and the information listed on NWC's Academic Programs web section to find out more about what you can pursue at NWC
    • Know your degree requirements
    • Create a semester sequence, mapping out your classes for the rest of your time at NWC
    • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.  Your GPA not only matters to transfer universities; but employers may also request a copy of your transcripts to look at coursework you have taken and determine your work ethic
  • Work on other transferable skills (apply to all jobs, no matter what!)
    • Ability to work as a team member
    • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
    • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
    • Ability to obtain and process information
    • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    • Ability to analyze quantitative data
    • Technical knowledge related to the job
    • Proficiency with computer software programs
    • Ability to create and/or edit written reports
    • Ability to sell or influence others


Shannon Lusk
Career & Transfer Associate TRiO

Office: CH66B
Phone: 307.754.6293

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