By Dr. Eileen Wirth
One of my top seniors sat down for a heart to heart about her future after an enlightening meeting with a Creighton alum who works for Gallup.
Gallup, as many of you know, screens applicants for personality fit with the company before even considering skills. My astute senior figured that she wouldn’t make it past the first phone test. Even if she did, she likely wouldn’t be happy since she’s not interested in business.
Her life revolves around service and causes. Money isn’t her top priority. Some lucky nonprofit will soon make one of its best-ever hires.
While my senior will never work for Gallup, the alum that visited did us an enormous service. She taught students that finding the right job – or selecting the right major – is about personality fit as well as skills.
A chance encounter with my own freshman roommate reinforced this. She reminded me that she had switched from journalism to speech therapy after a call from her high school journalism teacher. Annie had edited her high school yearbook and had gotten A+ in high school journalism so the call from Sister B. shocked her.
“This is one of the hardest calls I’ve ever made,” said Sister B. “You’re really talented but you shouldn’t major in journalism.”
“But why?” asked Annie. “I loved your class and I worked so hard. I did so well.”
“Journalism doesn’t fit your personality. You belong in human services,” replied Sister B, explaining her reasons for the advice.
“She was right,” said Annie. “ I belong in human services.” She said she owes her rewarding career in speech pathology to this good advice.
So whether you are an underclassman picking a major or a senior who is job hunting, think about what drives you and what makes you happy. Ask people who know you well for insights into your personality. Take a test to discover your strengths and passions.
Then choose a path that fits your personality and passions as well as your skills. Good luck!