July 20, 2018
Writer: Nathan Stucki

Whether you have chosen a major and career path or not, career and academic advisors can help you navigate your academic experience to graduation and your future career. Often students come to the Advising Office solely with questions about what classes to take and forget that career preparation is a significant aspect of this university resource.

The Career and Academic Advising Office guides students to choose a major and go beyond selecting courses that are interesting or fun but choose courses that will help them proactively prepare for opportunities following graduation.

Here are three ways in which Career and Academic Advising can help you succeed while in college and prepare you for your future career.  

 

1. Explore interests and potential career paths

 

I-Plan is typically seen as a tool used by students to plan their courses. It can also help guide students to a career/major that matches their skill sets and interests through Educational Strategy, an interest assessment tool. Students who have completed the assessment and are still having a difficult time deciding a major or career path can receive guidance from an advisor.

 

2. Identify courses outside your major that will benefit you after graduation

 

At the start of the Spring 2018 Semester, President Eyring gave council to students in his devotional address to not only gain hard skills (i.e. math, science, teaching), but to gain complementary soft skills (i.e. coaching, brainstorming, negotiating). These soft skills are what make graduates stand out in a competitive career field. Academic advisors are assigned to each college because they are knowledgeable in the specific fields of study. They can help you understand what type of soft or hard skills would complement your degree after graduation, and what courses to take to develop them.

 

3. Maximize Your Educational Investment

 

Advisors are also poised to help students understand the impact academic planning has on the total cost of their education. Advisors help students understand the “opportunity cost” of their education, which is the combined costs of school, student living, and the lost value from not being in the workforce when extending graduation beyond the required semesters. In essence, the longer it takes to graduate, the more it costs. Advisors can help students consider the costs by helping students plan their courses effectively. This includes exploring major options early on, enrolling in courses that contribute towards degree progress, and enrolling in 30 credits a year.

 

How to Receive Help

Meeting with an advisor is free and recommended for all students to effectively navigate their college career. To meet with an advisor to discuss these important topics, visit iplan.byui.edu/advising or call 208-496-9800.