Choosing a career

How do you decide what you want to do with the rest of your life? This is a point in life that many students struggle with. It is very intimidating thinking about what you want the rest of your life to be based on your career.

I struggled with this very issue and it took me two years before I found journalism. Marketing and business were my first two choices and the classes were so boring I could not imagine spending the rest of my life doing it. I went a completely different direction and took some writing classes. They were the most interesting classes I had ever taken and though it would have been nice to have known this my freshman year, it was worth the wait.

There are many different ways to decide what you want to do with your life. Colleges have career centers that can offer you a short questionnaire and can point you in the right direction. This is not to say that the questionnaire is foolproof but it is worth a shot, especially if you are at a complete loss.

It is not uncommon for students not to know what to major in, so relax and take some time to think about what you really enjoy. Can you make a living out of doing what you enjoy? If not, what is second best to you? Can you make a living out of that? Keep asking yourself these questions and see what you come up with. Maybe write down a few things that interest you and do some research to see what is out there regarding your interests.

Take the information to your advisor and see if he/she can help you with your decision. If you do not like what you are hearing or just want to hear what someone else has to say then go to your school’s career center. It is simply advice they will give you and does not commit you to any certain major. The best decision you can make is an educated one so take your time and do your research. Your future is worth the effort.

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