Megan Martinez of Mihaylo Career Services discusses the concentrations best suited for individual personal strengths and offers resources to learn more about career fields and positions.
“What can I do with a business degree?” That’s probably the question on the top of the minds of prospective and incoming students to Mihaylo College’s business degree programs. Mihaylo Career Services supports students in their quest to answer this question, most recently sponsoring a workshop on Nov. 4, designed to help students identify the concentrations that best suit their individual strengths and personalities and leverage resources to learn more about industries and career positions.
Career Development Advisor Megan Martinez ’13 guided attendees through descriptions of six personality types, each based on personal interests, aptitudes and passions, and then noted the concentrations that tend to work best with each. Designed by the university Career Center, the chart is based on the analogy of a party, in which you seek out individuals with similar attitudes and interests as your own.
Concentrations that tend to be suited to the personality types are as follows:
Artistic – Marketing, entertainment and tourism, entrepreneurship
Conventional – Accounting, management
Enterprising – Entertainment and tourism, marketing, finance, international business
Investigative – Economics, business economics, decision science, business analytics, finance, information systems
Realistic – Risk management and insurance, finance
Social – Management, risk management and insurance, entrepreneurship
Martinez acknowledged that choosing a career path – and the academic program to go with it – can be challenging. “I didn’t know that my career field existed until my last year of college,” she said, recounting her CSU Fullerton undergraduate majors in child and adolescent development and sociology and her graduate program in higher education with an emphasis in student affairs at The Pennylvania State University. “I knew I wanted to work with people, but I didn’t know exactly what I liked.”
To learn more about job positions, she suggested that students use networking tools such as LinkedIn to find relevant professionals and then attempt informational interviews, which are reverse interviews to learn more about positions and companies. “They can tell you about their company, how they got there and what they’re like, and that can help you decide if you would like that position,” she said.
Martinez also suggested that students utilize the Career Explorer and Career Finder features on Titan Connection, which students have access to through their CSUF portal. The Career Explorer platform is linked to the Department of Labor’s O*Net database. Users can type in concentrations or fields of interest and a list of possible career choices appears, with in-depth descriptions and a job outlook for each. The Career Finder tool is an interactive feature that begins with a short quiz that assesses the user on various characteristics to determine what careers would best suit them.
She noted that students should identify the factors that determine whether a job would suit them, such as company size, geographic location, social responsibility and work atmosphere. “These are the reasons why some positions stand out above others,” she said.
In addition to individual career counseling, Mihaylo Career Services hosts regular speaker events, networking workshops and career advice forums. Visit them at SGMH 1409 during their walk-in hours, which are Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 2- 6 p.m., or visit them online.