In my latest guest interview, I hosted the amazing Kimberley Shepherd, an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) who helps college students and young professionals answer the big questions: ‘what do I want to do when I grow up?” and “what’s the best college for me?” and “how do I get admitted to college?”. Her practice is built on a twenty-five year tenure in higher education and she started KSA Educational Consulting to help you transform your life with higher education!
We had an amazing discussion on what students, new grads, and young professionals can do to discover their career calling, what they should major in, and how they can set themselves up for success.
Here are our top three questions to help you discover your career calling!
1. What kind of problems do you want to solve?
Kimberley’s advice: it’s so important that you choose your profession and industry wisely. Work is the one thing you’ll do the most for the rest of your life, and there’s no time better than now to start thinking about your career calling. When you tackle this question, think about the high-level impact you want to create in the world. If you’re not sure, think back to university or high school projects that really excited you. What were you doing? Why were they so interesting? What professions would allow you to do similar projects?
2. What type of people do you enjoy working with?
The work environment you’re most comfortable in is also the one that will maximize your productivity and career success. Kimberley recommends doing extensive research by shadowing a professional, asking for informational interviews, and looking online to find an industry and company culture that you would thrive in.
3. What kind of knowledge do you enjoy learning?
Just because you’re great at applied math at school doesn’t mean that accounting is your career calling. There’s a major difference between doing what you want to do and doing something just because you’re good at it. You discover your career calling when you find the right balance between what you want to do and what you’re great at.
4. What do you want to be known for?
What do you want people to say about you? What type of legacy do you want to leave? Wise words from Kimberley: there won’t be a section in your obituary about how many square feet your house was or how many cars you owned. The key to answering this question is to think critically and be completely honest with yourself.
Want to learn more? Check out the full interview below and contact Kimberley today to learn more about her services!
0:30 – How KSA Educational Consulting can Help You
1:40 – Key Challenges Students Face in This Market & How to Overcome Them
6:20 – How to Discover What You Want to Do
9:20 – How to Start the Self-Discovery Process
17:20 – How to Understand Your Own Interests & Choose Your Major
26:00 – Strategies to determine what legacy you want to leave
27:00 – How to Determine Your Career Calling
32:00 – How to Deal With Parents Who Don’t Want What You Do
40:20 – The Value of Extracurricular Experience
49:00 – How to Ask for Practical Work Experience
54:00 – How to Prioritize Effectively
58:40 – Why It’s Always Possible to Make a Change