Get ready. I’m about to ask you the hardest question in the universe. This single question has stumped mankind for centuries. It has left high school students speechless and college students sobbing with regret. Prepare yourself. Here it comes…
How do I know what career is right for me?
Are you still standing? Can you breathe ok? Sorry to spring such a heavy question on you like that, but if I held it in any longer, I would explode.
Don’t roll your eyes like that. Keeping a powerful question like that inside is dangerous. Trying to answer it is pretty dangerous too. So you all have to help me find an answer! (I’m too good a friend to keep all the danger to myself). 🙂
If you think I’m exaggerating, then you’re either lucky enough to stumble upon that elusive thing called a career, or you’re too young to know what it’s like to have that question crushing your soul.
As kids, we have a hundred great ideas about what we want to be when we grow up. There’s no problem in our minds with our plan to be a world-famous basketball player and a world-class violinist (that’s not a weird combination at all). Oh yeah, and in our spare time we’ll paint amazing pictures and learn to fly a plane and take ourselves to all the countries in the world. We won’t need a translator considering we speak all foreign languages. But we can’t stay away too long or the 27 horses on our ranch will miss us.
You get the picture. Nothing is impossible in our kid minds. But then we get older and realize that learning things takes work, or that maybe we enjoy the idea of doing something but not actually doing it, so our list of career possibilities shrink.
Then some well-meaning adult (or adults) tell us that what we want to be is too difficult or isn’t something we’d make money from and our list shrinks even further. Or maybe even disappears. Or even worse, is replaced by someone else’s list.
It might help if I gave you a little back story so you can see where this tirade is coming from. But since back story is boring, I made it fun and put it in an infographic.
Why thank you. It was quite an amazing illustration of my life. Oh, you said, “That was a long infographic.” I though you said, “That was a lovely infographic.”
Well of course it was a long infographic! It was a long journey.
And it still isn’t over. I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. 🙂
Do I really want to spend time and money going to college for something that I don’t really want to do and either be stuck doing it for the rest of my life or end up doing something completely different and wasting the degree?
On the other hand, do I want to get into a huge debit for a degree that won’t pay off (like anything in the arts)?
Ultimately the question I’m wrestling with is, “How do I know what career is right for me?”
Since this is too big of a question to answer myself, I thought I’d open it up to you guys.
No, you don’t have to tell me what my perfect career is (though if you happen to know please tell me). 🙂 I want to know how you got into your careers. What helped when you were searching for that right thing for you. Or what do you wish you would have done differently?
If you don’t have career, what do you want to do? How did you decide on that?
Thanks for letting me spill my guts to you. You guys are the best! 😀