YouTube is a terrific resource for this kind of inquiry. You can search for "day in the life of x" and see first hand what a day looks like for a profession that you are interested in. This is a great way to then identify trends or patterns for the types of professional activities you'd like to do each day. It also provides real world, immersive perspectives so you can judge for yourself if you see yourself in this field.
This is a common question must people ask themselves and luckily there are many resources to help you determine what might be best for you. I do not know if you have any ideas or interest in any particular careers but if you do, you can always try reaching out to people in that career/field and get their feedback on their experience. This is always useful to do since I was sure I wanted to go into a particular career and during my first semester and talking to my professor about the my field of choice was able to determine maybe it was not the best choice for me since there were somethings that I did not think of or might have overlooked. Another thing I did when I was deciding was to take an aptitude test to get an idea of what might be helpful career choices for me as I am and narrowing it down from there based on what might have been interesting to me. I hope some of this might help you with your journey.
There are many ways to explore different career options to see what works best for you. From personal experience, these are some of the things I did when I was attending college:
- Attend company-sponsored networking events: many companies will host networking events on campus (and at their office sometimes) for students to interact with their employees. Some of these events are advertised to the general student body, such as career fairs, while some are advertised to specific majors so be sure to check out any major-specific networking events too! These are great opportunities to hear first-hand what working in their role and at that company is like, and you can likely continue to build that relationship with them through follow-up coffee chats! I believe this is one of the best ways to learn about different career options.
- Trying / joining different student organizations: just looking over what student organizations are out there can help with better understanding the different options that exist.
- Registering for different classes: taking the intro classes for different majors. Do take into account the amount of time needed to complete the pre-rec requirements for the major(s) you're interested in pursuing.
- Talk to a career coach on campus
I hope this helps, and best of luck!!
Please know that you are not alone, some of us even in the prime of our careers are unsure.
Youtube is a very good source to look for information of what your interests are and also getting connected in Linkedin with different people in various careers , there are some events in linkedin where industry experts talk about certain fields.
Hope this helps.
Sarah M.’s Answer
I'm on my third career, I would say, and still have times where I wonder what I want to do with my life - and that's OK! I think it's important to acknowledge that not many people will find a job and stick with it for their whole career, or even stay in the same industry. Let that take the pressure off not knowing exactly what it is you want to do now. You'll continue to grow and learn, jobs will change, and you aren't stuck.
Figuring out your values, and what is important to you is key - this will highlight to you the things you care about, and may have passion for. It doesn't have to be a job, but it can be an activity, a feeling, and then you can find ways in your life and work to help meet these values, and grow. It's great you've asked this question - knowing yourself is key to finding what will interest and drive you.
Some really great advice I've had from a mentor, too, is that not everything you have to do is about your passion, exciting or totally amazing. As long as you are finding ways to feel fulfilled, happy and challenged in the right ways, you will find the ideal balance. If your job isn't your "passion", find things in your personal life the fulfil your values, and look at ways to achieve or relate activities in your work as ways to achieve those things you highlighted as valuable to you.