I understand that the pressures of choosing the right career can be tough, especially when you have your parents trying to weigh in heavily on your decision.
I was COMPLETELY unsure of my career. I went to a community college after high school because I wanted to give myself the time to 'lock in' a career path. I attended Evergreen Valley College for 4 years, I repeat, 4 YEARS until I decided what I would major in. I flipped my decision way too many times. It started with English, to Journalism, to Marine Biology, EMT track, Pediatrician, Computer Science, etc. (basically you name it, it's probably on my list, lol!)
So what did I end up deciding? Before I spill the beans, I should tell you the formula. I felt like I internalized way too much and it was hard for me to make my own decision. I started asking people around me about qualities I had. I heard some good things and some not so good. I asked a friend whom I barely knew at the time about any qualities he could pick out for me. He said, "You are really good at communicating, you are easy to talk to, can do public speaking well, and seem to really love connecting to people." I knew this guy for a couple of months and he already could tell me my best qualities. I aligned it with this idea that I did not want to do something where it was going to be repetitive work, same thing everyday. So what did I end up choosing? *drum roll* Public Relations!
I knew that PR was a career that wouldn't be the same day to day things. It involves good writing, good speaking, relationship building and was a career that emphasized meaning and purpose in your work!
Once I decided, I transferred to San José State University and studied PR for 2 years. I just graduated this last spring and now I am a Community Manager here at CareerVillage!
I was presented with the opportunity to change students' lives, like yourself, and use my skills of communication, relationship building and strategic writing/speaking to speak into many people here. I love it so far. And I do not regret my choice of studying PR.
Public Relations is a wonderful field that will present you with many opportunities in different places. If you love to write and speak I think you should go for it! Otherwise I would recommend Journalism, Communications, Mass Communications, or even Advertising as healthy alternatives.
I know it is tough right now, but I assure you that you will decide on a career and you will do great in it as long as you choose what you want for you that you are good at!
Best of luck!
Last updated Dec 06 '17 at 18:39
This professional recommends the following next steps:
Ask yourself what is your ideal day at work
Ask your friends and family what qualities/skills you have
Focus on the good qualities that you enjoy having/executing
Align your ideal career with something that reflects your good qualities
Speak to a counselor about switching your major, follow up with them!