For Sean Frost getting nostalgic about his “college days” includes remembering how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library helped him through a tough year and propelled him toward graduation from college.
After his struggles became apparent to his parents freshmen year, Sean’s father directed him to the library’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, a project from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which explains what occupations are trendy, steady, or provide good money. After that trip to the library, he got interested in pursuing a career in sports psychology. His grades went up. He even started thinking about graduate school.
“I changed my major and instantly boosted my GPA,” Frost said. “The library helped me figure out what I wanted to do and once I had that motivation it was easy to apply myself. I found myself completely engrossed in the subject matter.”
Frost majored in psychology and minored in exercise science; he graduated in 2010 from Auburn University in Alabama. While graduate school is still in his future, he’s enjoying being involved in the Topeka community and being a part of its workforce. He had worked at the Top of the Tower in Downtown Topeka before a recent move to the United Way of Greater Topeka, where he serves as Director of Resource Development.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook that Sean used to select his major is just one of many resources available for those pursuing higher education. Our Jobs and Careers librarians recommend:
- What Color is Your Parachute
- What Color is Your Parachute for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Finding Your Future
- Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers
- Book of Majors 2012
Frost said he would recommend the library to friend or anyone looking for a career opportunity. “The earlier you get your life on track the better,” he added.
He got his library card shortly after moving to Topeka. He’s currently reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.