Start by identifying what you love - be it conversing, working with animals, using your hands, or collaborating with others. Then, venture into entry-level roles in a field that incorporates your interests. Within six months, you'll have a good idea if this is the right direction for you. Don't hesitate to inquire about potential growth opportunities within the company while you're there. It's all about trial and error until you find your perfect fit.
I entered college with my major set to Undecided and only realized after taking a general education Psychology class a year in that I wanted to make that my major. Despite loving the details I learned throughout college, I also realized the career path I was hoping to follow would have required much of my time to be spent doing something I was not interested in, so I graduated and found a career in digital marketing.
Having no clue is not a disadvantage, it is an opportunity to explore everything that comes up and navigate as you go. Embrace it!
Great question and this is something most adults ask themselves as well. From personal experience, your own career journey will not be a straight path and will involve various different experiences. That journey will help you learn what you enjoy and what is a great fit for you.
My recommendation is to ask yourself what problem you want to solve. Whether it is a problem you or someone you know has experienced (ie. cancer) or something at a larger level (ie. global warming). Then start researching what types of careers exist that could help solve that problem. You will be surprised at how many career opportunities exist that can make an impact. For example, to find a cure for cancer you don't have to be a doctor or scientist. You can be a farmer who makes it their mission to grow and provide pesticide-free food at the lowest cost to low-income populations. You can be a photographer who documents patients' cancer journeys to create more visibility and awareness for the illness. Or work as a financial analyst to evaluate how to reduce the cost of medical care for cancer patients so they are not burdened by huge financial debt.
While each one of those examples will not cure cancer by itself, they will definitely contribute to the larger cause and eliminate barriers that might solve the problem in the lifetime. Latching on to that passion will definitely help you in determining what you want to do in life and you will be able to control when that happens for you.
Best of luck, Julius! Your curiosity and openness to new experiences will take you far in school, and in life.
I totally understand how it can feel a bit too much when you're trying to figure out your future path. Believe me, I've been there. After graduation, I spent a couple of years feeling a bit lost, not quite sure what I wanted to do with my life.
Initially, I went for a degree in Marketing, but soon realized that it wasn't really my cup of tea. So, I took up part-time jobs in retail and used my free time to network with people on LinkedIn. I reached out to those who held job titles that intrigued me and arranged meetings to understand more about their work. It was only a few years back that I stumbled upon my current job, and I can now see myself sticking with it for the foreseeable future.
I know it can seem intimidating right now, trying to find that perfect career path. But let me reassure you, what you're doing at this moment is the initial step towards finding a fulfilling career. Remember, sometimes jobs are just that - JOBS. They don't necessarily have to be a lifelong career that you'll be stuck with until retirement. Our lives and careers are not straight lines, they're more like winding roads. We're constantly evolving, learning more about ourselves, and our interests become clearer as we grow.
So, take it easy, experiment with new things, and keep an open mind to diverse opportunities. You've got this, Julius!
My own journey took me through college, where I earned a degree in communications, fully expecting it to be my chosen path. However, it turned out to be a detour, and I'm currently navigating my way towards my true calling. The most valuable lesson I've learned so far is that finding your path becomes easier when you shift your focus to learning about who you are.
College can be an excellent platform for self-discovery, and discussing your aspirations with an academic advisor could be a beneficial first step. However, I understand that college might not be feasible for everyone.
So, here are some strategies that have helped me pinpoint my passion and purpose:
1. Identify what matters most to you and formulate your personal mission statement.
2. Draft a bucket list of all your aspirations, separating short-term and long-term goals.
3. Make a list of topics/skills you'd like to learn more about and dedicate at least 30 minutes each day to them. Assess how much you enjoy each topic, how well it aligns with your values, and your eagerness to delve deeper. Remove any items that no longer resonate with you.
4. Envision where you want to be in 10 years and outline the milestones you'll need to hit to get there.
The ambiguity of the future can be daunting, but remember, you've already made significant progress by questioning your purpose. We all wish you the very best in your journey and will always be here for support!
The best place to begin is by identifying the activities you truly love. What are the things you're really good at? What sparks your curiosity?
This is the ideal moment to explore these various paths. In the end, it's not expected of you to have your whole life planned out. Seek out what brings you joy or presents a challenge, and don't hesitate to try new things.