When and how do you decide what you would like to do for the rest of your life, especially when it comes to picking your major?
It is extremely stressful to try and determine what specific thing a person can do for the rest of their life that will make them happy. I do not want to choose the wrong job or major and find out that I actually am no longer interested in that subject anymore. I am worried that I will go through school thinking I am interested in something and once I obtain an actual occupation that adheres to that major or subject, I will no longer love what I am doing. How do I know what will make me happy but will also be enough to take care of a family with?
People change as they progress in life. Something that motivates and interest you may not be the same 20 years from now. So I would say keep your mind and your eyes open. Don't get too worried about having to choose one career and thinking that you need to stick with that. As long as you're growing (more senior positions, compensation, or personal achievement), you're good.
Hope this helps.
Life presents itself in amazing ways and our interests can change drastically as we encounter new people, events or even move to new location to live in. Sometimes these are curved balls thrown your way, but persistence, resilience and willingness to embrace something new will bring you success and a sense of purpose, happiness.
the first step i recommend is choosing the subject that interest you most, and talk to lecturers, professionals in that field of study to get a preview of their work experience and challenges. learning something and staying engaged in school and work is not easy. Sometime you need time to acquire experience & skills to love what you do. After talking to people, try to visualize what success will look like for you in future.
Sometimes we dont love what we do, also because of the environment or that it didnt connect with our purpose in life. You could consider outcomes of the job (environment, sense of purpose, financials) and more importantly how the job relate to your personal core values. Consider building on people related skills, acquiring empathy and working well with others. When you have a great team, it is fun and you can do better at work, which in turn relates to progression and financial stability.
last but not least, time changes everything in life. it is rarely a path we set to do, but one we can adapt to live the life we want. Hope this helps and all the best!
Trying things and learning about new domains shouldn't frighten you, because this is how one learns what they enjoy. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, because that is where you learn who you are and how you react to adversity. Its life.
Just want to conclude by saying it is extremely common for people to switch majors, MULTIPLE TIMES, in college (I know folks that thought they were going to be an IT professional and ended up taking extra courses after they attained their IT bachelors to help them meet the requirement to go to Med school). Once you enter the university system, you will meet others who have these questions as well or vice versa that have an answer for them which will help you either figure it out together or know how to implement solutions that others have learned through their journey into your life.
I hope this helps. I made plenty of mistakes. Thought I was going to be a Physical therapist. Dropped out before obtaining my bachelors. Came back to school 4 years later to get a Computer Science degree and graduated at 30 years old.
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