I have to tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever been more conflicted in my life in terms of a career path. One day I want to get my graduate degree in journalism, the next I want to be a reporter. I can never settle. Sure, I’m a serial monogamist when it comes to dating but I can’t seem to commit to any kind of a career right now. Can you relate?
I keep looking for a clear answer but it doesn’t seem to come and I’m starting to think it never really well. Our careers are always evolving—nothing is for certain anymore. But before I start sounding like a Negative Nancy, let’s take a shift and look and the sunny side. It’s all about perspective.
As much as life may change us around, I think we have to remember what our core passions are. I was asked the other day what I love to do. I was a little dumbfounded. What is it that I love to do?
WRITING. It may not be brilliant, or witty, or poignant but it’s what makes me happy. It’s my creative outlet that I so desperately crave. I get stir crazy without it.
What is it that you love? What do you have to do as much as you can—that you can still get paid for?
Once you know what it is that you love to do, it’s all about focus. Staying on track. And for once, screw the big picture. All I can take are baby steps right now. Sure, we can talk all day about how we want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company or a New York Times Bestselling author but we have to start small. Patient persistence is key right now.
As you can probably tell I’ve been a little scatter-brained lately. I feel a little a-shambles with only a year left of college and no clear career path in sight. But I’m trying to remind myself that I don’t have to have all the answers right now. In fact, the more I keep asking them, the more confused I seem to get.
I think it’s daunting because the life of an American student is pretty straightforward the first 22 years or so. Elementary, middle, high school, college…and then…well…Why not go to grad school? School is what we know. What we do best—maybe better than running for Starbucks errands or making copies. And we know we’ll miss those days of school when they’re gone. That’s what everyone tells us.
Where was I? Told you I was a little disheveled in the head today. So to sum it all up:
1. Find your core passions and let them guide you.
2. Keep the patient persistence going.
3. Take baby steps—one day at a time.
4. Enjoy school while it lasts but don’t stay there just because it’s all you know.
5. Keep the faith that you will be better than OK.