Is it worth it? Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

As deadlines get closer and stress continues to mount, you may be tired and overwhelmed. As each day gets nearer to the end of the semester and finals you might even find yourself asking, “Is this all worth it?”

Over the years, I have asked many Fulton Schools alumni and upper division students if they ever considered changing their major. Practically all of them laugh and respond with “several times” or “yes, quite often.” They usually mention a particular course or certain courses that challenged them the most. Yet, they always tell me that they are very happy (and proud) that they continued.

Doing work you enjoy, developing expertise in areas that interest you and working with colleagues you appreciate in a culture that aligns with your values is pretty special. Add an outstanding compensation package and it gets even better!

How do you get there? I have been told over and over that students survive, and thrive, by being part of a team. They study in groups and encourage each other.

Having a focus and a vision is helpful. Where are you on the journey to discovering the kind of work you would enjoy and what is important to you? Do you know how to learn more about job opportunities and building your network? Peer career coaches and professional staff are available to help you to navigate this process and to encourage you to keep going!


Joyce Donahue is a career counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center.  She is a nationally certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.