Yes Mom, I Have a Career Plan

The summer before my senior year of college my mom asked me, “Are you sure you want to go back to school?” I looked at her like she was crazy. I had made it through three years with a strong GPA, multiple on-campus leadership positions, and had accumulated a decent chunk of student debt. “You’re kidding, right?” Her response was, “I just want to make sure you really want to be there.” Despite having done everything I was supposed to do to succeed in college, my parents were questioning the value of my education. I had to stick to my guns and say with 100% confidence, “of course I’m going back.” I didn’t know yet how I was going to use my education, but I knew I needed to figure it out.

And so as I entered my senior year, I set out to meet with career counselors, find internships, research graduate schools and do all in my power to figure out a plan. I considered mental health counseling, school counseling, social work, nonprofit work, and many other careers. And while none of these careers were what I ended up ultimately pursuing, it was the process of exploration and planning that led to me to my current career as a Career Consultant.

If only I had a resource like the Personalized Career Plan when I was I student, I might have started my exploration and preparation sooner. I might have avoided a year of waitressing before graduate school because I missed the deadlines my senior year. I certainly would have had something more tangible to show my parents to prove I was actively preparing for life after college.

My own experience helped drive me to create the Personalized Career Plan. Whether you are just getting started as a senior like I was, or if you are a first semester first year exploring majors, this resource assists you in developing and managing your short-term career goals. Even though your long-term career goals will most likely change multiple times while you are UConn and throughout your life, focusing on short-term goal setting enables you to be ready when those changes arise.

Get started on your Personalized Career Plan today!

By Emily Merritt
Emily Merritt Career Consultant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Emily Merritt