In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say, Dr. Bart Darrell, president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, talks about how students make a decision to study a certain major, and what the thought process might be when thinking of going to college to pick a career. This segment aired Wednesday, April 5th.
I spend every day on a college campus. It is an amazing place to be. The students at Kentucky Wesleyan are incredible and the faculty are all smarter and more interesting than this lawyer turned college President. I talk to many high school students and their parents on college visits. One of the biggest questions always is “what should my child major in?”
That all depends, of course, on their aptitudes, interests and…… what career they may ultimately want. There is the rub. Some “experts” say that by the year 2030 as many as 65% of the jobs then do not even exist today. SO, I think in this new world there may be better FIRST questions to ask when thinking about your future.
I think we should first decide “what kind of a person do you want to be?” and “what do you truly value in life?” Who you are should always control your life more than what you do. Let’s first find out what kind of person we want to be and then figure the types of things we are doing to get us there. Our jobs or careers are only a part of that.
Once we have an idea about what matters to us and what qualities we value most, we will find ways to make our careers fit who we are and not the other way around. The constant should be who we are, while the changing ingredient can be what we do for a career.
No matter what innovations come our world’s way, life will ultimately be about people and our impact on them, and their impact on us. We need to know the kind of person we want to be first, and then constantly check ourselves to see if what we are doing is moving us in that direction.