Giving yourself time and space is the best way for you to figure out what and where you want to be. You may have to give something a try, but bear in mind that you need not get it right, the first time. If it fails, do not convince yourself that that something is right when it is not. Here are some basic steps to help you with your career choice. Let’s work with a fictional character called ‘Sarah’, which in essence could be anyone.
1. Evaluate the things that you are passionate about.
After Sarah’s college graduation, she was shocked with the reality that she actually spent 18 years in school, and then, find out that the job opportunities available for me are working, creating, and organizing files for some body else.
Usually, when we are in failed situations, it is when we come up with creative solutions. One day Sarah finally asked herself what she really wanted to do if she could do anything in the world. That was when she figured out that she wanted to play volleyball.
Her days were then spent playing on courts, and late nights at the gym. She also worked in bookstores, in between. Then, it hit her that reading was the other thing that she loved to do. In school, she were always asked to read certain books, and it thrilled her to know that she was finally free to read just about anything.
Thinking about Sarah’s situation, there were times in her life when she could not pay her rent, or afford to wash her clothes. Although, she did not earn much, she did not need a lot of money to because she was doing what she loved. You just have to keep yourself busy and give yourself enough time and space until you figure it all out. Many people say that if you wake up thinking about it and go to be thinking about it, then that is really what you want to do. Unfortunately, many people do thing and get into careers for money and not for happiness. Which is fine, if that’s what you want, but don’t complain about hating your job 2, 3, 5 years down the line.
There are many things you can do in the meantime while you are trying to figure it out.
- Take free college courses in different subjects
- Take time off before officially enrolling in college (it may not be for you)
- Try a trade or a specialized path like Medical Coding and Billing that doesn’t take long to learn but you are not married to it either and it will give you time to earn money while you figure out what you want to do with your life.
2. Give Yourself Time To Figure Out What You Really Want To Do
Now getting back to ‘Sarah’, It was only after several years that she was able to climb up the hierarchy of Southern California beach volleyball. It was during those years that she found out that she was great with winning partners, sponsors, and trainers even if she was not a person who was high in rank. This fact made her realize that he actually had the skills to make money which is how she ended up on Marketing.
3. Observe The Happiest People Are Around You
Being on top of the ladder does not necessarily mean that it will bring you happiness. Often, people on the management level have big responsibilities which eats a lot of their time and leaves them very little time for friends and family. They may have a lot of money, but they may be very lonely and unhappy because their job may not give them the satisfaction they need.
Instead of working for others, you may also consider starting your own business. If you look and still find nothing that you want to do, perhaps you can create your own niche. This is how some of the greatest and most profitable businesses began.
So our fictional ‘Sarah’ has her whole life ahead of her. She has just graduated from high school or from college and has to find a career. It is best never to rush into things. Being this young, you can take your time and find out more about yourself before you settle into a career path. Try different things and see what you like. Just like ‘Sarah’, you may have to live on Ramen Noodles for a while but hey, it’s a wonderful rite of passage that many great contributors of our times have passed through. Once you find what you want to do with your life, you will be one of the very few people who love to go to work because they actually love what they do.