Myth: There is only one right career for me.
Fact: Although a certain occupation may provide a closer fit in terms of your values, interest and personality, there are likely many others that will prove just as appealing and offer you the opportunity for professional growth and fulfillment. Concentrating on finding the “perfect” career may lead to needless anxiety.
Myth: Those close to me know me well so they must know what occupation is best for me.
Fact: Those who know you well will be able to provide valuable feedback that you should consider as you plan your career. But keep in mind that the choice you make should be your own. Your career decisions should be based on your own expectations and preferences and not those of other people.
Myth: Career testing or a career advisor will tell me what career is right for me.
Fact: You are the expert when it comes to knowing yourself. No assessment or career advisor can make a career decision for you. Career tests are merely tools to assist you in decision-making and career advisors can assist by interpreting assessments, providing information and clarifying issues. The decision is yours.
Myth: Once I commit to a major or occupation there will be no turning back.
Fact: A large number of students change majors during their first year in college as they realize their original choice was not the appropriate one for them. As far as occupations are concerns, most Americans pursue three to five careers in their lifetimes.
Myth: Some lucky individuals decide on an occupation early in life so they don’t b need to spend any time exploring career options.
Fact: An early career decision is not an indicator of future career satisfaction. Those who decide too early may never consider other options or undertake meaningful career exploration. At times, they may end up in careers that do not prove satisfactory in the long run. Others, who don’t decide as early, may remain more open to career exploration and end up making more satisfactory career choices.
Myth: There is only one specific major for each specific career.
Fact: Some areas, such as engineering and nursing, require very specific skills and, therefore, tend to be major specific. However, in most instances, a major can lead to many different careers. For example, a history major who has developed good writing, analytical and research skills as well as global cultural awareness, could be employed as a journalist, museum director, or researcher for a multinational corporation. Make sure to develop transferable skills through your school work, internships, part-time employment and volunteer activities. These, in addition to your degree, will make you more marketable in the workplace.