Many questions, covering life goals, academics, internships/co-ops, and a big move to the Southwestern U.S. With the number of questions, there must be something for everyone to answer.
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I am a 20-year-old college student (in Junior standing) at a university in Maryland who has recently changed major from Biological Sciences, B.S., to Information Systems, B.S., after realizing the following things:
- I never want to work in a wet lab ever again
- I have a BIO minor completed already
- I do not want to matriculate into graduate or professional school immediately after graduation, but am leaving the graduate school option open for 5+ years after reaching employment
- Like many college graduates, I want to find employment after graduation. Thankfully, my department has reported excellent job-finding, salary, and benefits statistics for IS graduates of my university, which is not a surprise considering it is well known in the area.
- I have a talent for making best use of computer technologies to fit the needs of myself and clubs that I am involved with and also bringing others up to speed with new technologies.
My goals, in order, along with a tentative timeline:
The items beneath each goal indicate my current plans to reach them. Since theoretically I should not put the cart before the horse, goals towards the top have more priority now than ones towards the bottom.
- Graduate in May 2011
Taking multiple summer and winter courses along with full time semester schedules to progress through my new major's requirements
- Find employment, locally or not(currently needs refining)
Other than applying for internships for when I have time available, I have no definite plans since I am 2 years from graduating. I do not know if it is realistic for me to juggle an internship with summer courses and full time semesters, especially considering that I am in a new major.
- Move to a location in the Southwestern United States, either before or after the above employment
Over my limited experience, I've noticed a few things: I prefer warm to hot weather during the day and cold temperatures at night for optimal sleeping patterns. I enjoy playing poker, but, although I consistently do well, have no plans to play professionally. Locations less than a three hour drive from casinos hosting poker tournaments would be preferred, so that I can occasionally drive out for entertainment without working up a gambling addiction.
Now for the questions!
Answer any questions, but don't feel forced to respond to every one, since there are many to go around. I am specifically looking for replies from those with the life experience that I do not have. Some questions may appear similar, but are targeted to different demographics, although any advice is appreciated.
For those who have ever changed major in college:
- How did you successfully handle this transition?
- What tactics did you use to adapt to a new course program?
- What problems, doubts, and concerns did you face during this time?
- From your experience, what particular advice would you give to me?
For those working in the information systems, information technology, and general computer industries:
- Besides Silicon Valley, what are the "hotspot" regions for computer-related employment? I realize that this may not be applicable considering computer use is so widespread.
- Are there certain specialties that are in more demand than others? Which ones?
- What advice do you have for a person just entering the field?
For those graduates who have found employment in areas far away from their university of choice, within less than 2 years after graduation
- What method did you use to find the job?
- How did you handle job interviews far away from your current location?
- What problems, doubts, and concerns did you encounter through the process?
And lastly, for those who have either made a big move in their life, moved to a different state, or moved to the Southwestern US:
- What factors did you consider when choosing your moving destination? How big of a role did employment play?
- What advice would you give to a person who has never made a major move before?
- What problems, doubts, and concerns did you encounter?
Thanks for reading and I commend you for letting me hold your attention for this long.