When we were children, I think that the question adults liked to ask the most was: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And most of us would have really ambitious and cool answers, such as doctor or astronaut. It’s nice being a child and thinking that you’re unstoppable and capable of everything, right? And then, these enthusiastic children grow up and most of them are very confused, without knowing what to do with their lives. If you ask me, I miss that feeling of being sure of what I wanted to do. When I was in highschool, I was very confused and I kept changing my options. Unsurprisingly, I decided on my final option last minute! I took a huge risk, but somehow, I feel like I am where I’m supposed to be.
So, my question is, how can you choose something so big like this without jeopardizing your future? With that in mind, let’s see how you can choose a field or career you actually like without being reckless. I will tell you some tips and tricks I learned along the way and that I would’ve totally done if I were in highschool with the mind and “wisdom” I have today.
Work on knowing yourself better
Do you know those counselling and career things you did in school? Well, it turns out that they actually have a purpose! To be fair, I didn’t take them seriously at the age of 17, but they aren’t there for nothing! It turns out that I would’ve benefited from them, because I thought of some of the things I did there. For example, a Holland test would help you, because it gives you the personality and the careers associated with it. I think this is a great fit for confused people, because you set something straight with yourself: what you like, what you don’t like and what you can do.
Although this is important and beneficial for you, this is not the only thing you should do regarding knowing yourself better. Try a little bit of everything that interests you and see if it’s something you see yourself doing longterm.
Learn more about the things you like
Do you like something, but don’t know what to do about it? The world is your oyster! There are tons of trainings or sessions on everything! By signing up to these and attending them, not only will you know more about your passion, but you will also know yourself and your priorities better. Moreover, this will enhance your career prospects and you will have a better chance of landing a job in a field you like.
Aside from trainings and sessions, you can also go to career fests or university fairs, which will put you in direct contact with the desired field. By knowing more about what you want to do, you will know for sure if it’s something you want or not. Isn’t this cool?
What are you good at? Learn more about it!
Well, I’ve previously talked about how important is to do something you enjoy, but it is important to pick something you are very good at. For example, engineering has always seemed like a cool field to me, but my maths and physics skills are dreadful. So, I would’ve either worked really hard to get to an average level or reorient myself. I picked the latter, because even if I tried my best in highschool, I would have had to work even harder in uni. And who wants to spend their time constantly doubting themselves and working hard to be about average? This is me with everything that has to do with maths or physics. I’m not good at it and I’m not suited for it either, so why bother?
Instead, improve on the things you already know and like at the same time! Trust me, this is the best combination ever. If you like something and you are good at it, what’s stopping you?
Talk to people
If you know people who work in a field you’re interested in, ask them more about it! You will find inside pointers, tips and tricks and you will also figure out your options. Remember this: if you want to talk to various people, choose people that have a neutral, genuine outlook and that don’t immediately put you down. Try asking them everything you want to know regarding that field. And talk to more people, so you will form an opinion yourself. Who knows, maybe one person is wrong.
The conclusion? Well, what can I say? If you like something, go ahead and learn more about it! Attend trainings and sessions, do various tests and talk to people you know. It will do wonders for you and you will be happier in the long run.
And what if you stop liking your career or field? That’s not a reason to worry! It’s never too late to start over, so find something else to do! It’s better than being stuck in a mundane environment.