Figuring Out What You Want To Do

Most first year college students do not have the slightest clue what they are going to do for their major. Fortunately, that’s perfectly alright! You don’t have to declare a major until your third year of college. In fact, most college students switch their major a couple times before deciding what they truly want to do. So how do college students decide what they would like to do as a career? It’s a hard question, considering your career is one you’ll most likely stick with through out a majority of your life time. One of their many options is to take several elective courses in college to branch out and figure out what you are both good at and what you enjoy doing. Another is to explore the world around you.

Know of any career fairs around? They may offer information on a career you're interested in! (photo by carmichaellibrary)

Know of any career fairs around? They may offer information on a career you’re interested in! (photo by carmichaellibrary)

Your aptitude is not necessarily what you enjoy doing. For example, writing is my forte. However, I do not have a passion for it like I have been told that I should. In some cases, the prospect of finding something you enjoy and something you do well is not probable. Or perhaps the way you expect to live requires more money than your prospective career. An example of this is teaching: teachers are incredibly underpaid and the profession is incredibly undermined. In all honesty, every body wants a job that pays well, they enjoy, and that they can do well. There is nothing wrong with that! You simply have to find a job that matches all of those criteria!

For options that you may want to try in college, here are a list of some courses offered at most colleges, that Angelie MacKenzie of Yahoo! Voices would immediately suggest and recommend taking:

  • Creative Writing
  • Mythology
  • Anthropology
  • Existentialism
  • Marketing
  • Anything pertaining to a foreign country of interest
  • Classes required by other colleges

The second option, I admit, seems vague the way I proposed it. By “exploring the world around you,” I simply mean to self-teach. Explore your world, sign up for a class outside of college, do something you normally wouldn’t. Sometimes the best things, the career option that you love, you simply do not know yet. The truth is you never know! Completing a course outside of school, like a cooking class, could be the very thing you need to figure out what you love to do. Brazencareerist suggests travel as well, with three other “Secrets to Figuring Out What You Want to Do With Your Life” that is well-worth checking out!

Ultimately, your future is in your hands. No one else can tell you what you should do. It is an internal dilemma, but it can be easy! College is a time to explore anyway – however, it’s been stereotyped as a time to explore personal endeavors with alcohol and drugs. Instead, you should opt to explore things that will benefit you: classes, courses, internships, volunteer work, etc…

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