When many students take their first footstep onto a college campus, they have no idea what they want to do for a career.
They may not even know what they want to get out of their education.
They have just always been told that they need to go to college, and so they show up because they feel like that is the next logical step in their lives.
None of this is a problem, but they do need to realize that every choice that they make while they are at college is going to lead them to the career that they are one day going to hold. If they keep this mindset for their whole college experience, they will get done with the chance to get a job that they will enjoy.
A good number of students just select a college major based on things that they like. For example, a student who likes writing may decide that he wants to go into the fiction program. After all, what could be better than going to class to study books that he wants to read anyway?
However, starting a career in novel writing is about as likely as playing professional sports, so he needs to be prepared to look for jobs teaching other students, writing advertising copy, or working for a publishing company.
Similarly, a student may decide to go into the film program because he loves to watch movies. In this way, he has already started his own education. This may be a good choice for him because he will love the classes, but these classes will also drive him toward his eventual job. If he cannot be a director, he may need to look into editing, working for websites that host videos online, or helping with some other technical part of the process.
The biggest thing that students need to keep in mind when they start their education is that they must think outside of the box. They should make each choice in a way that gives them more options. Many college degree programs, such as the two listed above, are rather specific.
The more that a student can diversify what he can do with that degree, the better the chances that he will be successful when he gets out of school. This type of thinking will help him not to concentrate only on a career that is difficult to obtain.