Charting Your Own Career

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Career Path

Sixty-eight percent of high school graduates from the class of 2005 were enrolled in colleges or universities. According to a study by Daemen College, an overwhelming 90 percent of those college freshmen will shift their course of study, and change their academic direction. College major hopping through the myriad of courses on the academic menu is prevalent on every campus. Because few students are taught self-evaluation tools that allow a deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, as it relates to the type of experiences they seek from life, many look back to regret their academic decisions.


Frederick Moore, Ph.D. and Michael Penn, M.D., Ph.D. say high grade point averages and standardized test scores do not guarantee success in higher education, especially when it comes to medical or graduate school. Drs. Penn and Moore, co-authors of Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science-Related Careers say there are historically unspoken insights and strategies that are necessary for students to maintain balance and excel in these environments. Their advise to students on learning to identify their passion or personal north in the early stages of higher education could increase the number of individuals that find or create their perfect career, following their purpose in life.

Finding your north

How do you figure out what you are