What Should I Do with My Life (How to Pick a Career Path and Keep Your Options Open)
Oh, the eternal question on the minds of most recent college graduates and many juniors and seniors. While this inevitable and demanding quandary presents itself to you in your early twenties, you can rest assured that you do not have to answer it right away. In fact, a large problem many young adults encounter is trying to select a career path immediately for the wrong reasons.
Here are some common misconceptions popular amongst recent grads and soon-to-be-grads:
Obviously, these fears continue in many shapes and forms. It is important to realize that they are all ludicrous. While your fears may contain some of these thoughts, times are changing and people are all different. No longer is the world run by one-sided old businesses. The profitable careers are switching from medicine and politics to IT and corporate law. Money is not stable, nor will you always find that one job with the best security for eternity. While it is true that some careers will provide you with more financial security and freedom than others, the strongest way to select a career path is by interest and desire. What will make you happy for the rest of your days?
Here are some important facts to remember when embarking upon the "job/career search:"
Before you make a quick decision, perhaps for the wrong reasons (money, parents, romantic relationship), use our Schedule to determine what career path is best for you. We are not marking specific times or dates by when you should have made a career decision. We know that many people embark upon internships for their careers during summers before Junior and Senior years of college. This is a good start. However, if you have no experience prior to graduation, you will not be left in the back.
Schedule of Career Decisions
Perhaps you have no specific career goals and simply want a job that pays your bills. You will not be too concerned with this guide, for you will care little about the position you attain. Perhaps you simply want to be a mother or father. Perhaps you know ahead of time that you want to dive directly into medical, law, or graduate school. You are one of the lucky few who know exactly what he or she wants. Congratulations.
In this day of transforming economy and alternating careers, people are living longer, forming greater interests, and are involved in more than one large career. Many musicians are also writers, many actors also directors, many doctors go on to law school, and many lawyers also go on to business school. While in the past, it may have appeared that you do not know what you want by switching around so much. Now, people look highly upon diverse individuals with a wide variety of skills to bring to a job. Just be careful you are not switching around so much, even you don't know what you want anymore.