What should I do with my life?!?

on Nov 26, 2012 @ 02:28 pm

I am in college now and can't decide on a major/career choice. I am wondering if any of you have a dream job that you want to brag about (and how you got there), jobs you would do if you could start over again, or just general advice you can share. Really I am totally clueless as to what I want to do, so any advice is helpful advice. 

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well, on Nov 27, 2012 @ 01:03 pm

what are you taking in school? Do YOU have a dream job in mind?

No one can tell you what you want to do except for you. And don't worry, the majority of people in college have no idea what they want to do, and the people who do know what they want will probably never actually have a career in that. Plus, people change their mind constantly...someone who is set on becoming a dentist right now may finish schooling and then go "you know what, i'd rather be a kindergarten teacher".

So first, stop stressing! I know there's TONS of pressure on you to 'sort your life out', but remember that although having a clearly defined career path would be nice, it's not something you need to revolve your entire life around.

First, think about what you love to do, and then see if you can make a career out of that. If you like kids, consider teaching. If you like reading, consider publishing. If you like being outdoors, consider being a park ranger. Honestly there's so many different jobs that make the world go round, finding one that you really love and are good at shouldn't be too hard.

Obviously if you're more of a "money is happiness" kind of person you'll want to take this advice with a grain of salt. But always remember, you have to MAKE things happen for yourself. Sometimes the universe is kind and will drop something in your lap, but usually it doesn't work that way. You have to take initiative, and yes it can be scary, but challenging yourself is how you grow as a person. Don't be afraid to take risks and put yourself out there...it's how you'll move forward in life and be successful at whatever you do.

Internships on Nov 27, 2012 @ 01:26 pm

When I was in college I did a lot of volunteering and interning to see what I liked and what I didn't like. It is a good way to get insight, experience and advice about jobs or industries. You get a mini taste of what having a job is like. And internships usually only last a few months so if you know it isn't for you after a little while then you can move on to something else. You will also get to make professional connections and those can be great resources for when you are looking for a job or need advice!

Time to test out everything on Nov 29, 2012 @ 01:53 pm

I was in the same boat. I took humanities but couldn't decide what I liked the best. My advice? Test everything out that you want to. Take courses you're interested in, volunteer on student committees and course unions, those places can offer some great connections. Join an intramural sports team, socialize. I wish I'd spent more time with a variety of people instead of the same old people those four years.

Ali de Bold
If money were no object on Nov 29, 2012 @ 02:48 pm

I always liked to think about what I would do if I didn't have to worry about money. I find that when thinking of jobs we often focus on the money we would make vs. what we we actually enjoy doing. For a while when I was younger I wanted to be a lawyer and looking back, the reason was because I thought I'd make good money and it would be glamorous arguing a case in a courtroom. The reality is, being a lawyer is all about paperwork and contracts so I don't think I would have enjoyed that.

I think if you do what you love the money will come so you should focus on what you enjoy and what you are good at and then find out what jobs fit into that.

I agree with Alexandra that interning is a very smart way to go. That is how I started too. It gives you a sense of what a job in that industry is really like and helps you get the connections you need.

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