How does a person who plans out everything deal with having no plan?

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”- Margaret Atwood

According to Atwood, having no plan is a good thing. There is the opportunity to be whoever or whatever you want.

I can relate to the hours spent staring at the job section of LinkedIn, only to leave you feeling discouraged and stressed over your impending future.

“Can’t I just live at home forever?!”  I have repeatedly asked my mother.  I have contemplated making a career out of my part-time job as a barista, so I do not have to deal with the uncertainty or possible rejection that the future holds.

Is it because I am underqalified for the positions that I am applying to that is making me feel inadequate and incapable of finding a career?  Or is that I am afaid to make that next step that I am making excuses as to why the position won’t work out?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

We seem to forget how beautiful of a position we are in right now.  We can do anything we want right now, and apply for any job we are interested in.

Do you want to move to Cali?  Apply for jobs there.

Do you want to go back to school and pursue a completely different major?  Why the heck not, go for it!

And if any of your first options don’t work out, try something else.

Instead of feeling held back by not knowing our next move, we need to feel energized.  We need to realize how many doors are open for us.  We have the power to choose which door we walk through.

We need to move confidently in the direction of our dreams.  The key word there is “confident.”

Confidence is something everybody struggles with at some point or another, and is a character trait that is necessary to have as we begin our career search.

Feel confident about your passions, rather than embarrased.  Feel confident about your past experiences; they shaped who you are today.  And feel confident that you are going to make it out there in the real world, because you are.

For additional help with your career search,  stop by the Career Services Office in the McCarthy Center 412.

Written by: Arianna Miller


Road Trips to the Real World


Road Trips offers the opportunity to attend employer site visits for ONE DAY between January 4-15, 2016.

 Registration deadline is Friday December 4th.  Register here.

WHO: Current undergradute/ graduate students interested in career opportunities

WHAT: For students to learn first-hand about a career field, network with employers, and explore internship and job opportunities at 30+ companies.

WHERE: From Maine to Virgina and points in between!

WHEN: Registration is open from October 19th- December 4th.

WHY: It wil help you to think about life after college!

The Road Trips cost $10.00 per site and are non-refundable.  Students can sign up for a maximum of 5 site visits.  Must provide own transportation to/from the site.


Boston, MA: Boston Ballet, State Street, Boston Children’s Hospital, New England Aquarium, City Year

Wellesley, MA: Sun Life Financial- Lynn, MA: Eastern Bank – Gloucester, MA: Gorton’s -Quincy, MA: Arbella Insurance

Hingham, MA: Talbots -Philadelphia, PA: Urban Outfitters, City Year, Indepdendence Blue Cross, Bentley Systems, Allen & Gerristen- Pittsburgh, PA: UPMC – Malvern, PA: Cubesmart – Oakmont, PA: Presbysterian Senior Care

Cranberry Township, PA: PLS Logistics -West Chester, PA: QVC -Cherry Hill, NJ: Bancroft -Travelers Insurance: Morristown, NJ – Woonsocket, RI: CVS Health – Smithfield, RI: Fidelity Investments -New York, NY: HBO, PwC, Theory

Orangeburg, NY: Verizon- Vienna, VA: FedBid -Townson, MD: General Dynamics IT -Portland, ME: BerryDunn -Washington, D.C: City Year

Positive thoughts are the keys to starting the engine of success.

According to a TED talk by Shawn Anchor, “75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.

“Your brain in positive performs significantly better than it does in negative.”

Your creativity, energy, and intelligence levels rise.

The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”- Norman Vincent Peale

What do you think of when you think of positivity?

When I think of a positive person, I think of someone who’s happy and confident in their abilities.

Someone who sees the good in every situation.

Someone who sees the light at the end of the tunnel while they are surrounded by darkness.

Someone who has goals and is not afraid to pursue them.

A positive person is strong and aware.  They are aware of their self worth and what they contribute to the world.  They are a giver to others but also recognize that they need to pursue their own dreams as well.

A positive person is not always succesful, but they will not give up on their goals.

Someone who is resilient.  Someone who has had all the odds against his/herself, but is still striving for success.

Being postiive does not mean you are living in this “perfect” bubble.  Positivity is allowing yourself to reach the full potential you can be by not letting anything derail you from your progress and your dreams.

How do you feel when you are around a positive person?

There is a light around them. You feel safe to tell them your worries and your concerns because you know they won’t judge, and you can count on them for honesty.  Positive people won’t tell you exactly what you want to hear, but they will provide you with a better path for doing something.  There is a level of trust we associate with positive people.

You feel happy and light in their presence.  When talking with a positive person, they make you feel as if you can do anything, and as if your crazy new business proposal is not as crazy as you think.

You feel comfortable around them.  There is a warmth that radiates from them.  With them, you are safe to be yourself and to say what is on your mind.

Why should you be a positive person?

All of the characteristics that I above mentioned of a positive person–safety, trust, comfort– all make for positive leadership.

Do you want to be a leader in your company or a follower?

Do you want to have confidence in your work and believe in your abilities and how much you contribute to your team?

Do you want others to feel comfortable around you to share their visions?

Do you want others to feel safe around you to critique your work without fear of angering you?

A safe, comfortable,and trusting environment is key to a positive workplace.


How can you become a more positive person?

  1.  Take time to do what you love.  Life gets away from us with our busy weeks between work, errands, and other commitments leaving you exhausted by the end of the week.  Make time for things that bring you joy.
  2.  Take time to rest.  Allow yourself time to relax your muscles and your mind.
  3. Meditate. Listen to this, and let your mind wander.  
  4. Be grateful. Tell others how much you appreciate all that they do for you.  Give back to those that have helped you.  Strong relationships and strong connections bring happiness.
  5. Smile. 
  6. Write down a positive thought each day. 

For more info on the power of positivity, read this.

Written by: Arianna Miller

What can I do with a major in …


The Tenth Annual Major/Minor Fair

Framingham State University

Tuesday, February 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm The Forum

Prior to the fair, consider what majors and minors you are interested in. When you arrive, visit academic department tables, Career Services and International Education (Study Abroad), and ask questions.

  1. What classes should I take to get an introduction to the major?
  2. What skills will I gain from this major?
  3. What requirements must I fulfill to declare this major? (Gpa? Application?)
  4. Do you have worksheets and a four-year plan?
  5. What careers and/or graduate schools have FSU students in this major gone on to?
  6. What minors are offered at FSU?
  7. What type of internships might be available to me?
  8. I want to study abroad; how do I begin that process?