Hi Alex. My day job is corporate social responsibility. This career path gives you an opportunity to work in business, but also address big environmental, social, and ethical issues like climate change, gender equity, global access to education, etc. There are ways that you can contribute to society in nearly every career path you can choose!
Honestly, the world does not lack in anything. It has what it needs. With human beings it's about finding what and who we are in a world of diversity that enables us to produce something of utility; a self-realization per se. We are creative beings who can bring into tangible existence that spark or passion that is within us given the right situation. The most beneficial thing you could do to help the world is find your purpose, your gift. This is a fluid process of becoming, and it requires trial and error so be patient and explore and discover daily.
I'll ask you a question that can lead you to an answer about what to develop as a career:
What bothers you most in the world?
I look forward for a response to be able to help you.
Think about your passions as well as your strong values concerning your personal beliefs, ethics and interests that tie into certain causes. I have overheard people comment that this world has too many doctors and Lawyers, and that there is a lack of people with trade skills. Either way, you should pursue what you like most. Remember, college students commonly change majors, which is not a big deal. Remain honest with yourself.
Mario D.’s Answer
The world is in need of more love, and healing. The healing arts! Doctors, Psychologists, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists.
Finding purpose is never what do! Purpose! It is feeling good doing what you do, and making a difference at the same time. Not just what you do!
Find your talents through exploration. Go and strengthen what you lack! It is facing the music and developing your authentic self.
Keep your strengths strong, however the gold secret lies in the discomfort. Comfort zoned learning is stagnating. Stretch and push your talent envelope every day.
Developing growth based thinking is essential.
I have a question for you to think about in response to your question. If we were to live in a resource based economy, where money was no longer a factor and our jobs were to contribute to one another and share our work with the world what would you contribute? I'm a designer and I would like to help other designers create a sustainable living environment for everyone, that would be what I would contribute. How would you like to contribute?