• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

You’ve Grown Up. Now, What Are You?

It is during this time of the year that freshmen (and other indecisive college goers) are forced to make the decision: what do I want to be now that I have grown up?  You may have toyed around with some ideas or even tried studying in an area already and decided it wasn’t quite for you.  It can sometimes be difficult to commit to one job prospect, especially with the economy in such a state of flux.  My go-to quote has always been “If it is something that you enjoy doing, you won’t regret your job.”  However, sometimes you have to think a little bigger and examine the job opportunities that will be available to you in the career you choose once you finish school.  For many of you, this may be a few years off still.  Yet, the jobs with the most potential for future positions are in careers that are not subject to change their dependency on freshly schooled applicants.  So, if you are feeling unsure of which career to enter or need a few ideas to get you going, here are my recommendations based on the statistics given by careercast.com:

  • Software Engineer

Pay: Approximately $88,000       Description: Researching, designing, and maintaining software for major corporations, small businesses, and home owners    Employment Outlook: 63%

  • Human Resources Manager

Pay: $99,000        Description: Organizing human resources departments in corporations and large employment agencies  Employment Outlook: 50%

  • Dental Hygienist

Pay:   $68,000     Description: Aiding the dentist in diagnosing, cleaning, and performing repairs on teeth in private and public care dental offices      Employment Outlook: 88%

  • Occupational Therapist

Pay:  $72,100  Description: Designing and establishing individualized plans for impaired persons to aid them in becoming self reliant  Employment Outlook: 85%

  • Mathematician

Pay:  $99,000    Description: Applies mathematical theory and formulas to solve problems in a variety of job fields               Employment Outlook: 40%

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